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American Idol finalist Ayla Brown, Phila Orchestra partner on national anthem - 12/20/2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 20, 2011 - The Philadelphia 76ers Chief Executive Officer and co-Owner Adam Aron announced today that "American Idol" Season Five finalist Ayla Brown and the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will partner to provide fans with an exceptional National Anthem performance at Sixers home games this season. Brown will perform live at the Wells Fargo Center accompanied by a video of The Philadelphia Orchestra performing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” in a stirring arrangement specifically recorded for the Sixers.

"It will be a unique thrill for Sixers fans to hear the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra play the National Anthem, accompanied live by Ayla Brown,” Aron said, “with a stirring arrangement recorded specifically for the Sixers, this combination is likely to give you goose bumps. What a way to start games at the Wells Fargo Center.”

The announcement of Brown as the team's new anthem singer and partnership with The Philadelphia Orchestra comes at a time when the Sixers new ownership group has pledged to make wide-ranging improvements to the game experience at the Wells Fargo Center for the upcoming 2011-12 NBA season.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AYLA BROWN

National recording artist Ayla Brown lives in Nashville, and was a finalist in American Idol's fifth season (2005). Since her Idol days, Brown has performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 33rd Annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular before nearly one million people and at multiple professional and college games throughout the country. She has performed with the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra at the Let Freedom Sing concert. She has also released three solo albums. Of particular note to 76ers fans, Ayla was a starting NCAA Division I basketball player during her collegiate days.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

The Philadelphia Orchestra is among the world's leading orchestras, touching more than one million music lovers worldwide through concerts, presentations and recordings. Renowned for its artistic excellence under seven extraordinary conductors since its founding in 1900, the Orchestra has excited audiences with thousands of concerts in Philadelphia and around the world.