Music Icons GAMBLE & HUFF to be Honored by Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia with Lifetime Achievement Gala
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The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a founding resident company of the
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, presents its Lifetime Achievement Award
Gala in honor of Philadelphia legends Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff on Saturday,
May 21, 2011 at 6 PM at The Westin Philadelphia. The event is black tie.
“There is no other duo like Gamble & Huff. As a fellow music lover, innovator
and director, I have the utmost respect for these men. Without them, the
popular music of today would have no soul,” says Chamber Orchestra Music
Director Dirk Brossé.
The gala will kick off with cocktails and a three-course sit-down dinner,
followed by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s recognition ceremony and an evening
of dancing with a live band and open bar. A collection of Gamble & Huff’s
biggest hits will be performed live by special guest artists and musicians.
Mr. Gamble and Mr. Huff are also eagerly looking forward to the event. “We are
extremely honored to be recognized by this prestigious institution for the 40th
Anniversary of the founding of our record label, Philadelphia International
Records,” the duo says. “Further, we are especially honored because we created
the historic Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) with a combined foundation of rhythm
and orchestral sounds through our MFSB Band featuring members of the local
Gala Chairman The Honorable Edward G. Rendell says, “I am extremely proud that
the groundbreaking team of Gamble and Huff came from our city of brotherly
love. All Philadelphians take great pride that our city produced such
legendary music icons.”
In addition to a night of exciting musical entertainment, silent and live
auctions will take place featuring unique and hard-to-find items, including
travel opportunities, sports and music memorabilia, concert tickets and much
more. Each gala attendee will go home with a commemorative CD to ensure an
evening they will always remember.
“It is our exceptional good fortune and honor to present two of the world’s
greatest living musical producers, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, for our
orchestra’s benefit. On this occasion we are also proud to honor Gamble and
Huff with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s prestigious Lifetime
Achievement Award at The Westin Philadelphia,” says Chamber Orchestra President
William H. Roberts.
Several levels of ticketing are available, including individual tickets from
$250 (Early Bird Special through March 31) and ten-seat table sponsors from
$3,000. Please visit www.chamberorchestra.org/gala or call 215.545.5451,
extension 29, for more information.
“We are thrilled to pay tribute to Philadelphia legends Kenneth Gamble and Leon
Huff with our Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the past fifty years, their ear
for music has truly made them the pioneers of the soul and R&B genres. They
have played an incredibly important part in making our great City a cultural
powerhouse,” says Chamber Orchestra Executive Director Peter H. Gistelinck.
Forty years ago, legendary producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff created the
world renowned Philadelphia International Records label and gave birth to The
Sound of Philadelphia. With over 100 Gold and Platinum records, their
extraordinary roster includes artists such as Patti LaBelle, The O’Jays, Lou
Rawls, and Teddy Pendergrass and hits such as Me and Mrs. Jones, For the Love
of Money and Love Train.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is a 33-member professional ensemble,
founded in 1964 by Marc Mostovoy and now led by Music Director Dirk Brossé,
with Ignat Solzhenitsyn as Conductor Laureate. The Chamber Orchestra brings
intimate experiences of world-class small orchestral performances to the
greater Philadelphia area, enriching the musical life of the City and region by
the integrity and excellence of its musicianship, the boldness and vitality of
its programming, and by building the loyalty of its audiences, musicians and
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Lifetime Achievement Award Gala
Honoring Music Icons
Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff
Saturday, May 21, 2011
The Westin Philadelphia
99 South 17^th Street, Philadelphia