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Bristol Riverside, William Penn Bank announce partnership for Summer Music Fest

The popular concert festival will be sponsored exclusively by William Penn Bank through 2021

Source: Bristol Riverside Theatre

Bristol Riverside Theatre announced that its popular Summer Music Fest concert series will be sponsored exclusively by William Penn Bank through 2023.

The summer series has been a staple of the theater’s programming for over 25 years, and will be presented live this summer. With fond childhood memories of summer concerts, William Penn Bank’s chairman and CEO Ken Stephon approached BRT about becoming involved as a corporate sponsor.

“Contributing to the quality of life for our friends and neighbors in the Bristol community is a priority for William Penn Bank,” he said. “We think that promoting the arts through this exclusive sponsorship with Bristol Riverside Theatre is a wonderful way to accomplish that.”

“From our first conversation, it was clear that there was a real match in the community-centric ethos of our companies and a recognition that together, we could offer something very special for this shared community,” said BRT co-producing director Amy Kaissar. “We are overjoyed to be announcing this great partnership and investment in live performance in Bristol. We’re thrilled to welcome William Penn Bank to the Bristol family.”

The BRT Summer Music Fest will be rebranded the William Penn Bank BRT Summer Music Fest. Musical director Keith Baker is in the process of curating the 2021 series of three concerts, and titles will be announced in the early spring. Last summer, the series consisted of a celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jerry Herman called From Phantom to Mame; the salute to Hollywood movies A Night at the Movies, and the annual Broadway Summer Spectacular.

“By June of 2021, we think people will be anxious to get out of their homes and attend a live concert after 15 months of not being able to do so and we’re confident that we’ll be able to do so safely by then,” said BRT co-producing director Ken Kaissar.

“We hope that the William Penn Bank Summer Music Fest will provide joyous times and lasting memories for members of our community,” added Stephon.

William Penn Bank has provided community banking services to individuals and small- to medium-sized businesses in the Delaware Valley since 1870. The bank conducts business through its 12 branch offices located in Bucks and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. In 2019, the bank decided to move its headquarters to Bristol to be part of the vibrant and growing community.

In 2020, William Penn acquired its neighboring bank Fidelity Savings and Loan Association of Bucks County, as well as Washington Savings Bank in Philadelphia. The acquisition of Fidelity Savings helped to solidify the bank’s roots in Bristol Borough.

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