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March 30, 2011
Brunch Proceeds to Japanese Red Cross

Bethlehem, Pa. (March 30, 2011) Dennis J. Costello, General Manager of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, is pleased to announce that the proceeds earned from their April 3rd Sunday Musical Brunch will be donated to the Earthquake/Tsunami victims in Japan.


“The destruction from a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami has been devastating.  It has caused overwhelming damage, leaving thousands of people dead, injured or missing with millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation and we want to help in anyway we can” says Costello.  Mr. Costello formerly worked for a hotel firm headquartered in Osaka, Japan as well as one in Hawaii, where both the guests and staff were predominantly of Japanese decent.  Costello states “I gained a huge respect for not only Japanese culture and traditions, but the people as well, they are polite, kind and considerate and the Hotel Bethlehem is honored to donate to the disaster relief.” 


The hotel’s Sunday Musical Brunch is well known in the Lehigh Valley and has been voted the best Sunday Brunch in the area.  Executive Chef, Federica Muggenburg will be adding some Japanese dishes to the already extensive brunch menu.  “Of course we will be featuring fresh sushi” says Chef Muggenburg, “As well as traditional Japanese desserts, authentic Japanese tea and a Saki tasting station.


Music for the brunch will be provided by one of today’s most accomplished young pianists, Yuko Izuhara-Gordon, who made her New York debut with the Juilliard Symphony under the baton of Otto Werner Muller.  Ms. Izuhara-Gordon has been honored with the prestigious NHK and Nomura awards, she was the first prize winner of the All-Japan National Student Competition, the Toho Gukuen School of Music Concerto Competition, the Juilliard School Concerto Competition, as well as placing in the top three of the Citta di Cantu International Piano Competition.  In 2002 Ms. Izuhara-Gordon was Japan’s sole recipient of a coveted educational grant to the Juilliard School, where she received a BM and MM degree.  In addition to her performance schedule, she is a faculty member of Settlement Music School and an instructor of chamber music and piano at the University of Pennsylvania.


Accompanying Ms. Izuhara-Gordon will be violist Victoria Voronyansky, a recitalist, chamber musician, educator and published author.  Ms. Voronyansky has appeared in major concert halls worldwide including Carnegie Hall and more recently Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C., she has collaborated with Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman and is a founding member of the Acacia String Quartet.  Ms. Voronyansky is the winner of the Barenreiter Urtext Prize, the Young Artists International Competition, Aspen Music Festivals Fellowship Award, the Perlman Music Program Fellowship, the Edward J. Noble Fellowship at The Juilliard School, the Blanchette Rockefeller and the Henry Alderman Trust Award.  Ms. Voronyansky holds a Master of Music degree from and currently teaches at the Juilliard School, has had her works published in the Journal of the American Viola Society, is a member of the violin and viola faculty at Mannes College of Music and runs a private teaching studio in Bucks County and New York City.


Representatives from Bethlehem’s Sister City Association will be displaying some of the gifts that have been received from our sister city, Tondabayashi, Japan.  Bethlehem’s Japanese Serenity Garden will also be represented.


Mark Kennedy, founder of the Lehigh Valley Origami Enthusiasts and founding member of Origami USA, will be demonstrating the art of Origami.


Partnering with the Historic Hotel Bethlehem on this fundraising event will be Robata of Tokyo, Subarashii Kudamono Gourmet Asian Pears, Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Southern Wines & Spirits


The Sunday Brunch buffet is $26.95 per person, $9.95 for children 6 -12 and children 5 and under are free.  Brunch begins at 10:30am through 1:30pm and reservations are required.  The Historic Hotel Bethlehem will be donating the proceeds from their April 3rd Brunch directly to the Japanese Red Cross.


The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is located in Bethlehem, Pa.  It is in the heart of Bethlehem’s nationally registered historic district.  The hotel is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America.  Experience world-class service, charming guest accommodations and award winning cuisine, all on a site that has been warmly welcoming guests since 1741.


For more information for please contact Dennis J. Costello, General Manager of The Historic Hotel Bethlehem at (610) 625-5000, via email or visit our Website at





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