FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PHILADELPHIA (May 19, 2022): This summer, PNC Bank will once again support local artists by underwriting CCD’s arts and culture programming in Dilworth Park, including Live @ Lunch presented by PNC beginning Wednesday June 1, and continuing every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon through July 28. These small outdoor concerts at lunchtime, featuring a full lineup of musicians representing Philadelphia’s eclectic music scene, will take place from noon-1 p.m. Attendance will be free for all.
Workers who have returned to the office will have the opportunity to enjoy an al fresco lunchbreak on the PNC Terrace, where shaded umbrellas and a view of the fountain make it the perfect place to relax with friends. Before the show, everyone is encouraged to grab a bite from the Dilworth Park Café or Air Grille Garden, or bring takeout from a nearby Center City eatery.
In partnership with Rec Philly, these Live @ Lunch presented by PNC performances will feature musicians selected as part of the Black Music City initiative. The program recognizes and honors the influence of Philadelphia’s Black music history with hopes of inspiring today’s young artists.
This season’s schedule includes:
Wednesday, June 1: M’Balia Singley
Thursday, June 2: Micah Graves
Wednesday, June 8: Shekhinah B.
Thursday, June 9: Kelsi Bolden
Wednesday, June 15: Josh Lee
Thursday, June 16: Fareed Simpson
Wednesday, June 22: Warren Oree
Thursday, June 23: TBA
Wednesday, June 29: Kendrah Butler
Thursday, June 30: Namarah Butler
Wednesday, July 6: CrisTene’ Triplet
Thursday, July 7: Sug Daniels
Wednesday, July 13: Noah-Harmony Harley
Thursday, July 14: TBA
Wednesday, July 20:
Thursday, July 21: Erin Dillard
Wednesday, July 27: TBA
Thursday, July 28: Eboni Pearce
In addition to presenting Live @ Lunch, PNC Bank also supports The Arts on Center Stage, an evening performance series that celebrates the City’s diverse network of arts and culture organizations. Every Thursday night through August 25, guests are invited to experience everything from orchestral anthems and ballet ensembles to jazz instrumentals and more. The shows begin at 6 p.m. and are free for all to attend. Seating on the Greenfield Lawn is limited, so bring-your-own blanket or chair is encouraged.
This season’s schedule includes:
Thursday, May 19: Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble
Thursday, May 26: Philadelphia Ballet II (PBII)
Thursday, June 2: Curtis Institute – The New City Brass Quintet
Thursday, June 9: Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, June 16: Chocolate Ballerinas Dance Company
Thursday, June 23: Jazz Bridge Project – Aaron Graves Quartet (PNC Arts Alive Grant Winner!)
Thursday, June 30: Orchestra 2001 (PNC Arts Alive Grant Winner!)
Thursday, July 7: Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (PNC Arts Alive Grant Winner!)
Thursday, July 14: Clef Club (PNC Arts Alive Grant Winner!)
Thursday, July 21: Curtis Institute – Viano String Quartet
Thursday, July 28: Philadanco! D/2 (PNC Arts Alive Grant Winner!)
Thursday, August 11: Philly POPS
Thursday, August 18: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
Thursday, August 25: Opera Philadelphia (PNC Arts Alive Grant Winner!)
*Please note, there will be no performance on August 4.
Many of this season’s Arts on Center Stage participants have received additional support from PNC Bank as part of the PNC Foundation’s PNC Arts Alive initiative. The multi-year program recognizes the arts in local communities by assisting in expanding audience engagement and participation. It is their belief that “when art thrives, everybody benefits.”
“Summer is fast approaching and an ideal time to participate in the arts as we celebrate the diversity of our community and return of outdoor activities. There are few better ways to do that than through the Live @ Lunch presented by PNC performances at Dilworth Park. This is the perfect location to welcome the return of warmer weather, while also supporting the city’s local artists and businesses. My PNC colleagues and I look forward to enjoying the season’s performances at Dilworth Park and all that Center City has to offer,” said Joe Meterchick, PNC Bank regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey.
Center City District and all park food operations follow the City of Philadelphia’s current health safety guidelines. Visit phila.gov to learn more. All programs are weather permitting and subject to change. Dilworth Park is located at 1 S. 15th St., on the west side of City Hall. Visit DilworthPark.org for schedule updates and additional information.
The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at www.centercityphila.org and on Facebook and Twitter.