SOURCE: City Parks Foundation

June 12, 2007 09:30 ET

Announcing Free Performances Throughout NYC in City Parks This July & August

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 12, 2007) - City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce its 2007 trio of summer performing arts festivals taking place in the city's five boroughs -- CityParks Theater presented by Time Warner, CityParks Concerts, and CityParks Dance. Collectively, these festivals promise to offer the most exciting season to date, with increased dance, concerts, and theater performances, top talent, outdoor dance classes, and teen theater workshops. All of these programs are offered free of charge.

The CityParks Concerts series will include Arrested Development, the afro-centric hip-hop group best known for hits "Tennessee" and "Everyday People," performing on July 19 in Von King Park; Percy Sledge, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who has dazzled audiences with his R&B music since 1966 with hits including "When A Man Loves A Woman," performing on August 8 in Mahoney Playground and August 9 in Springfield Park; Latin music legend Johnny Pacheco, who is responsible for starting the "panchanga" dance craze, performing on July 24 in St. Mary's Park; and Leela James, one of the most outstanding R&B artists to emerge in years, performing in Jackie Robinson Park on August 15.

CityParks Dance has 16 companies scheduled to perform, including: Ron K. Brown/ Evidence, an artist who blends African, ballet and hip-hop and is known as one of the most influential modern dance choreographers of his generation, performing on July 14 in Von King Park; Alvin Ailey alumna Camille A. Brown, who wows audiences with her mixture of West African and modern dance techniques, performing on July 21 in Von King Park; and award-winning dance ensemble Decadancetheatre, performing dances based on the culture of hip-hop on July 29 in St. Mary's Park.

CityParks Theater presented by Time Warner also has a top lineup including: a daring production of "Romeo & Juliet" performed by The Classical Theatre of Harlem; "The Actor's Rap" presented by J. Kyle Corner Entertainment and the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, an original play that translates the elements of hip-hop culture from their musical context into the medium of theater; and Absolute Theatre's "Lenox Ave/Central Ave," a production that highlights the progress made (and sometimes unmade) by artists of color amidst the racism of 20th-century America.

For the full schedules visit: or contact Christina Daigneault at 917-207-4686.

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