SaveTheDate: BrAVA Philadelphia! Saturday, March 28, 2020 The Academy of Vocal Arts’ (AVA) 85th Anniversary Celebration!

Don’t miss AVA’s spectacular concert extravaganza of opera stars at The Met Philadelphiathe beautifully restored opera house, which featured performances by legends such as Enrico Caruso, Rosa Ponselle, and Arturo Toscanini. This will be the first time in over 80 years that opera returns to the historic stage, as star AVA alumni will perform in this concert extravaganza! This concert is sure to delight opera aficionados and newcomers alike. Tickets to the concert only may be purchased through The Met Philly website, and start at just $30 https://themetphilly.com/event/brava-philadelphia/

BrAVA Philadelphia! Performers:

BrAVA performers include international opera stars and AVA alumni sopranos Angela Meade and Latonia Moore, tenors Bryan Hymel and Taylor Stayton, bass-baritone James Morris along with rising opera stars soprano Vanessa Vasquez, mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig, baritone Jared Bybee, and bass-baritone André Courville. AVA’s current roster of Resident Artists will also lend their voices throughout the evening. The concert will feature a full orchestra, conducted by AVA’s Jeannine B. Cowles Music Director Chair Maestro Christofer Macatsoris.

Gala Honorees:

AVA is pleased to honor the men who rescued and restored The Met Philadelphia with the AVA Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award:

  • Rev. Mark Hatcher of the Holy Ghost Headquarters
  • Eric Blumenfeld of EB Realty Management Corporation
  • Geoff Gordon of Live Nation

AVA’s internationally recognized voice teacher Bill Schuman will also be honored. 

BrAVA Philadelphia! Young Professionals Reception – $175

AVA invites Philadelphia’s Young Professionals (ages 45-and-under) to enjoy an exclusive cocktail hour in the Loge of the opera house prior to the concert, where you’ll enjoy mingling with fellow arts and culture lovers. 

Includes $50 contribution, $100 ticket, and $25 value reception

  • One ticket to Saturday, March 28, 2020 Gala performance at The Met Philadelphia featuring AVA alumni stars, with full orchestra, conducted by Maestro Macatsoris
  • Exclusive pre-concert cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception in the Loge with other Young Professionals (accessible only via stairs) 6:00-7:30 with open bar
  • Mingle with opera singers
  • Recognition in the evening’s Program Book

BrAVA Philadelphia! Gala Dinner

Gala patrons will enjoy a seated dinner onstage of The Met Philly, catered by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix’s Brûlée, after the concert, and much more! For details on each gala package level, please visit the AVA website here.

For information about Young Professionals, the gala dinner and to reserve your space, please email Leah Golub at lgolub@avopera.org or call at 215-735-1685.


Be a Happy Traveler and plan your next vacation in Pennsylvania

Be a Happy Traveler and plan your next vacation to Pennsylvania

As long time readers of PhillyChitChat you know I love, love, love exploring Pennsylvania. I try and do 2 or 3 trips to towns I’ve never been to each year, as well as revisiting others that I enjoy.Happy


For the trip I just took to Wilkes -Barre, Scranton, Allentown and Bethlehem, I initially researched online to find fun things to do and see, but as soon as I passed a rest stop I grabbed the Visit Pa guide for a much more detailed explanation of places to go.


You don’t have to wait til you get to a rest stop to enjoy the Official Tourism Guide of The State of Pennsylvania. You can download it right here.


After you click the link you will see the cover, and a cute video promoting visiting Pennsylvania. Click on the arrow down, which you see in this photo, and the guide will download. Then save it to use until next year’s guide comes out in the Spring.


It’s fall and the birds are migrating. The handy bird-watching guide in Pennsylvania is on page 26


Also a great visit in the fall is Western Pennsylvania. Mike and I went there about 2 years ago to see the Elk migrate, yes Pennsylvania has Elk. So beautiful, and the drive there is equally beautiful. You’ll find info on Page 40 and other great sites in the Pennsylvania Wilds.  We stopped at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, and the leaves were just turning color in early October. It was a treat.


Each section of notable places to visit in Pennsylvania are highlighted by area. On page 57 you’ll see events in the Philadelphia area, from The Kennett Square Festival, which was just this weekend to the Strawberry Festival coming up next Spring in Peddler’s Village.


Then there’s a section on National Treasures located in Pennsylvania. I love having access to the guide on my computer as it’s handy at anytime. Plus I can print it out and mark up the pages as I please and still provide a clean copy for Mike to check out. He hates getting the dog eared version.


Be a Happy Traveler and plan your next vacation to Pennsylvania. Whether you are looking for family fun, outdoor adventure or just a relaxing weekend getaway, Pennsylvania has it all.

Download our eGuide today

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