Musikfest 2017 Opening Ceremonies

As people of all ages and backgrounds were still filing into downtown Bethlehem on Friday evening, Musikfest kicked off with its traditional opening ceremonies under the festival’s iconic Festplatz tent.

ArtsQuest president and CEO Kassie Hilgert was joined in her opening remarks by government officials, corporate partners, and others from around Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley who helped ArtsQuest bring the 34th annual festival into reality.

Those in attendance during the 20-minute ceremony heard the national anthem sung by local student Alexis Connolly, an invocation from Rev. Hopeton Clennon, and remarks by Bethlehem City Council president William J. Reynolds.

In addition, three corporate partners were also presented with the ceremony’s traditional Founders Awards in recognition of their support to the festival, including Dennis Werth of Sign Design Associates, PenTeleData, and Wells Fargo.

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