XPN Collaborates with- PIFA

-courtesy of LevLane Public Relations

WXPN Collaborates with the

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Station to host Free At Noon Concerts and Wednesday Night Performances at the Kimmel Center and live performances during the PIFA Street Fair

Philadelphia, Pa. – April 6, 2011 WXPN (http://www.xpn.org), the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and a noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, will collaborate with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, PIFA, April 7-May 1. Inspired by the Kimmel Center, the three-week festival features hundreds of Philadelphia performances and activities. WXPN will partake in the festivities with WXPN Free At Noon Concerts at the Kimmel Center PlazaWXPN Wednesday Nights at the Kimmel Center Plaza and live performances at the PIFA Street Fair.

The WXPN Free At Noon Concerts at the Kimmel will take place on the Kimmel Center Plaza Stage on April 8, 15, 22 and 29. XPN Midday Host Helen Leicht will broadcast live from the Kimmel Center on Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

WXPN will offer free concert and DJ sets during WXPN Wednesday Nights at the Kimmel on the Kimmel Center Plaza Stage. Dates and performances include:

Wednesday, April 13

Bobby Long and Fleeting Ends will perform from 5-7 p.m. Dave P of WXPN’s “Making Time RADio” will spin records from 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

Wednesday, April 20

Franz Nicolay & Major General and Liz Longley will perform from 5-7 p.m. Keith Brand of WXPN’s “Sleepy Hollow” will DJ from 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

Wednesday, April 27

John Wesley Harding and special guest will perform from 5-7 p.m. Robert Drake of WXPN’s “Land of the Lost” program will DJ from 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

The Avenue of the Arts (Broad Street between Chestnut and Lombard Streets) will transform into a Parisian rue with street vendors and more on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. during the PIFA Street Fair. WXPN host Dan G will broadcast live from the event.  WXPN will also host a tent that will feature busking performances by local musicians. Performances and schedule include:

“PIFA is an incredible opportunity for the Greater Philadelphia region to immerse themselves in moments of art and inspiration all in the spirit of the Belle Epoque,” said XPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “Connecting musicians with audiences is WXPN’s mission. We are thrilled to collaborate with PIFA and be a part of the convergence.”

PIFA creates a place on the world stage for the city’s arts and cultural scene with a three-week festival featuring free and ticketed performances and activities. Inspired by the Kimmel Center, PIFA celebrates the collaboration, innovation and creativity present in every art form. The first-ever festival, centered around the theme “Paris: 1910-1920,” showcases newly commissioned works, unexpected partnerships with both local and international artists and non-traditional and emerging art forms, along with classic performances that will engage residents and visitors alike.

For more information about WXPN, please visit www.XPN.org. For more information about PIFA, please visit pifa.org.

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ABOUT WXPN

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, Y-Rock On XPN (yrockonxpn.org) as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.

ABOUT PIFA

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), inspired by the Kimmel Center, launches the city’s art and cultural scene onto the world stage with a three-week festival offering performances, exhibits and events for loyal fans and casual attendees. Based on the philosophy of collaboration, innovation and creativity, PIFA’s programs represent every arts discipline and include more than 100 partners. Offerings include newly commissioned works, classical performances and exhibits, surprising partnerships featuring local and international artists and exciting explorations of traditional, non-traditional, new and emerging art forms. In homage to the artistic energy of Paris 1910-1920, PIFA celebrates works from that era and new creations inspired by the brashly innovative spirit of the period. The festival was made possible by an extraordinary grant from Philadelphia philanthropist Leonore Annenberg, whose vision for a city-wide celebration of the arts shaped its philosophy and programming. PIFA takes place April 7-May 1, 2011.

For the most up-to-date information, contact PIFA at (215) 790-5800 or visit pifa.org.

ABOUT THE KIMMEL CENTER

Kimmel Center, Inc., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, provides a rich diversity of programming through its Kimmel Center Presents sponsored by Citi and Broadway Series of performances, as well as arts in education and community outreach. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Academy of Music together serve as home to eight Resident Company performing arts organizations, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, American Theater Arts for Youth, Philadanco, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops®. Kimmel Center, Inc. owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by The Philadelphia Orchestra Association.

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