PRIDE CELEBRATION to Kick Off Pride Week in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center, 6/3

PRIDE CELEBRATION to Kick Off Pride Week in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center, 6/3

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts hosts PRIDE CELEBRATION, kicking off Pride Week in Philadelphia with a FREE concert in Commonwealth Plaza on Tuesday, June 3 at 6 p.m.

Kick off your Pride Week activities in Commonwealth Plaza as many voices ring out as one in a celebration of diversity! This FREE concert features community choirs from throughout the region including Philadelphia Voices of Pride, The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware, Anna Crusis Women's Choir, and Sharon Katz and the Peace Train.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is located on Commonwealth Plaza at Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, Pa.

PERFORMERS:

- Philadelphia Voices of Pride is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender vocal ensemble, devoted to enhancing the musical, educational and cultural life of the Philadelphia area. Considering themselves as ambassadors for promoting a positive image of the LGBT community, they donate their time, talents and financial resources to benefit LGBT, HIV, and Women's Organizations.

- The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware is a non-profit Delaware community chorus that provides members of the lesbian, gay male, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community and their straight friends and allies with opportunities to perform high-quality choral music in a supportive and affirming environment.

- The Anna Crusis Women's Choir is recognized as both an agent of social change and a premier performing arts group in the greater Philadelphia region. The Choir is committed to reaching diverse audiences, including people who have little access to the arts, and it supports the work of other progressive social justice organizations by singing at benefits and fundraisers.

- Sharon Katz and the Peace Train took flight in 1993 to spread their music and message of peace. Having worked with artists like Sting, Elton John, Bette Midler and Tina Turner, Sharon Katz and the Peace Train has worked up an impressive resume, sharing their contagious music with the world. With proceeds from CD sales and contributions to her non-profit organization, Friends of The Peace Train, Sharon has established music therapy programs for orphans and communities affected by HIV/AIDS, feeding programs in impoverished areas, conflict resolution work in violence-torn regions, and building schools and community arts centers. She also conducts workshops in schools and universities across America.

- PRIDE CELEBRATION is a preclude to It Gets Better, a performing arts response to the difficult issue of bullying, one of the most challenging issues among today's young adults and adolescents. The It Gets Better Project is an internationally recognized brand, founded in 2010 with the first uploaded YouTube video sending a message of hope to LGBTQ youth. The ticketed event is scheduled to take place on November 8, 2014 in Perelman Theater and features the dynamic musical energy of The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. More info here.

KIMMEL CENTER, INC., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. Our mission is to operate a world class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience which includes providing arts in education, community outreach and a rich diversity of programming. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org.

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