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The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) Don’t Miss It, it’s gonna be a heck of a Spring

In 27 Days something spectacular is going to happen here in Philadelphia. Something you can be a part of, and you should be a part of…The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), inspired by the Kimmel Center.
Nearly a year ago at the Le Méridien hotel we were first introduced to this massive movement of art, expression, and performance with hints of greatness to come. I was a little confused by what exactly PIFA was all about, but now as it is upon us I see it’s a celebration of art, cultural and people. It’s really very excited. I look forward to little sleep trying to catch as many exciting events as possible. April is a busy month too, there’s the Film Festival, Anne Ewers, CEO and President at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (above)

For three weeks, from April 7 through May 1, 2011, the festival will feature an array of one-time, only-in-Philadelphia productions by some of the region’s top talents — many of whom will partner with or present international performers.
Based on the philosophy of collaboration, innovation and creativity, PIFA’s programs represent every arts discipline and include more than 100 partners.
Above City Representative Melanie Johnson expresses well wishes to all the cultural leaders who worked so hard in achieving the goal of having such a wonderful event come to Philadelphia. The dream of recreating the spirit of Paris in the decade between 1910 and 1920, the music, theatre, visual, dance, design which inspire a new art movement across the Atlantic 100 years later. Melanie mentioned she just got back from visiting Paris recently, and I suspect she brought a little of the Parisian fashion back with her via this lovely red coat which I mentioned a few weeks ago when I first saw her wear it. Ahh a rose by any other name.
Last week I attended the unveiling of the iconic cube which brands the series of spectacular events. The cube is located at the North West corner of the building and the LED cube on top lists a calendar of the upcoming events which can also be found here.
After the I attended a VIP tasting of some of the menu items that will be served at the gala on 4/7/11. Where you will be able to experience The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet, on stage together in a newly choreographed performance of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Dinner by Wolfgang Puck in honor of Chef Georges Perrier, featuring a pre-dessert performance by Grounded Aerial. There will also be the first lighting of the 81 foot light-filed Eiffel Tower. PIFA Vice Chair Dottebob Andes (left), Steering Committee co-chair Toni Garrison (center) and Despina Page (right) at the tasting.PIFA Steering Committee co-chair Louise Reed addresses the guests
Louise Reed, Despina Page, Bob and Ronna Hall, Ronna and Bob have served on many boards and Mainline Health recently wrote this tribute to them Louise has served as co-chair for many galas, and has worked tirelessly for charitable organizations. Louise and her husband Alan received the Annual Volunteer of the Year Award from the Arts and Business Council of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
Despina Page, Kim Balaschak, Director at PositivelyRussia and Jim Balaschak. There have been only 14 presidents of the Volunteer Committees in its almost 100 year history and Despina served 2003-2006.
Marianne Raphaely (left) and Louise Reed (right) with Executive Chef, Will Brown.
One of the performances I am looking forward to is: The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (PSCA) production of “The Green Fairy Cabaret,” from Thursday, April 14, 2011 to Sunday, April 17, 2011, at the Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden, at 10:00pm daily, and 12:00pm (Noon) on Saturday and Sunday. The show will feature performances by top circus artists in fabric (tissu), aerial ladder, trapeze and acrobatics. This new original production, part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, marks the first-time PSCA performs on the Avenue of the Arts and Center City. Tickets are on sale now at the Kimmel Center Box Office, by calling (215) 546-PIFA or by visiting www.pifa.org.
Honorable Judge Midge Rendell arrives for a private concert preview of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) commissioned Hope Oratorio with Jonathan Leshnoff at the Kimmel Center after the VIP tasting was over.
Jonathan Leshnoff, one of the nation’s most exciting young composers, was commissioned by PIFA to write a sacred work that will feature texts from a variety of spiritual and worldly sources, sung in several languages. (Behind the scenes of the composition.) Jonathan Leshnoff before the VIP preview of the Hope: An Oratorio which will be performed 4/24/11 tickets can be bought here PIFA was made possible by a grant from the late Leonore Annenberg, who always wanted a citywide celebration of the Arts. (I will be working for PIFA over the next couple months attending and writing about these events. Personally I can’t stress to you enough to check out the schedule and find something that interests you. The last time something of this magnitude happened in Philadelphia was The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World’s Fair in the United States. People still talk about that event today, as I think they will PIFA.) P.S. I can now say I performed on stage at the Kimmel Center, cause right after I took this picture I did a little tap dance.