PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) - Music lovers have a great reason to flock to the Israel 63 anniversary celebration on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing on Sunday, May 22, 12 Noon to 5 P.M. This community festival, presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Center for Israel and Overseas and part of the PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing, is being billed as "a celebration of Israel through memorable music."
Located on Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing is home to the RiverStage which will host the finalists in the Israel: A Song in Our Hearts singing competition from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The finalists will perform live before a panel of celebrity judges who will select the winners.
Following their performances and the presentation of $500 cash prizes to the contest winners, the festival's main stage will be set up for the afternoon's headliners, The Isramerica House Band. This quintet of young Israeli and Jewish-American musicians has performed in venues from Tel Aviv to Times Square, offering audiences a varied repertoire of classic Israeli songs, rock ballads, ethnic Mizrachi music, Klezmer, folk, Broadway show tunes, Israeli and American pop songs. The band will perform contemporary Israeli music for the May 22 celebration.
Vocalists Judah Gavra, Talya Smilowitz,Omer Shaish, and Stav Livne have trained with such respected institutions as the Israeli Defense Force band and choir, the Julliard School, The Manhattan School of Music and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Pianist Natalie Tenenbaum has traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the United States as Pianist/Associate Conductor for the touring companies of West Side Story, 42nd Street, Evita, and Les Miserables. She has performed with Israel Symphony Orchestra and before audiences at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.
Before and after these performances, participants can shop at an Israeli marketplace, enjoy falafel and other ethnic and festival fare, participate in special children's crafts and Lag B'Omer activities and browse booths highlighting the programs and activities of many local community organizations.
As an added incentive to attend this free community event, which will be held rain or shine, every guest may enter a drawing to win one of several prizes including a VIP personally escorted behind the scenes tour of Citizen's Bank Park prior to the start of Federation's Jewish Heritage Night at the Philadelphia Phillies on August 18, a sports lover's package of tickets and premiums to several professional events and a trip for two to Israel.
Israel 63 is made possible by the generosity of sponsors Blank Rome LLP and the Jewish Exponent. For more information, visit www.jewishphilly.org.
Admission is FREE for all PECO Multicultural Series events. KYW Newsradio and NBC 10 are proud media partners of the series.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 490,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 87.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 39.5 billion kilowatt-hours-hours of electricity in 2010.
Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.
Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without the continued support of corporate partners such as PECO, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Pennsylvania Lottery, Coca-Cola Refreshments of Philadelphia, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the Greater Philadelphia community.
The 2011 Summer Program of Free Events at Penn's Landing is funded and produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). All events produced by DRWC are FREE to the public on the RiverStage on the Great Plaza, the heart of Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's premier Delaware River waterfront entertainment destination.
DRWC is a nonprofit corporation created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. DRWC is transforming the waterfront into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia.
For more information and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit www.delawareriverevents.com. This website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play and stay all day at Penn's Landing.