“Celebration of Pennsylvania” to also include musical performance by Pennsylvania Native and Award-Winning, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Gabby Barrett
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry announced today that it is bringing the state’s premier event to new heights with Oscar-nominated actor, director, writer, and producer Bradley Cooper headlining the 39th Annual PA Chamber Dinner.
The dinner, a “Celebration of Pennsylvania,” will be held on Monday, October 2, 2023 at the Hershey Lodge and will feature a fireside chat with Cooper, who was born and raised outside of Philadelphia.
“As the Pennsylvania Chamber strives to showcase what sets our state apart and attract top talent to market the Commonwealth, Bradley Cooper stands out as one of the most well-known and respected Pennsylvanians and entertainers in the world. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with him about his ongoing connections to his home state, his incredible film career and lessons in leadership, his love for PA sports teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, and how we can all work together to elevate Pennsylvania on the national and global stage,” PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein said.
Cooper, a nine-time Oscar nominee, is currently in production on Maestro, a story he co-wrote and is directing, producing, and starring in. The film is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. A love letter to life and art, Maestro at its core is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love.
Next up, Cooper can be heard as the voice of “Rocket Raccoon” in Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Additional film credits include Oscar-nominated films American Sniper, American Hustle, and Silver Linings Playbook; Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines; The Hangover Trilogy by Todd Phillips; Limitless; Nightmare Alley; Licorice Pizza; The Mule; Avengers: Endgame; Avengers: Infinity War; Guardians of the Galaxy (volumes 1 and 2); War Dogs; David O’Russell’s Joy; Wedding Crashers; and Wet Hot American Summer.
Cooper made his directorial debut with the Oscar-nominated film A Star is Born, which he co-wrote, produced, and starred in. A Star is Born was nominated for eight Academy Awards.
Cooper graduated with honors in the English program at Georgetown University. After moving to New York City, he obtained his Masters in the Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School.
Following the conversation with Cooper, and for the first time in PA Chamber Dinner history, the program will include a musical performance by another Pennsylvania native – award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Gabby Barrett, who was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area.
“Gabby Barrett hails from western Pennsylvania, and from her breakout appearance on American Idol to the steady stream of top hits she’s released since, there’s no doubt that she is one of the fastest rising stars in the country,” Bernstein said. “We can’t wait to have her launch our dinner’s inaugural musical performance and showcase Pennsylvania’s incredible homegrown talent. This is an event no one will want to miss!”
Barrett first skyrocketed to stardom with her record-breaking, No. 1, seven-times platinum debut, “I Hope,” which ruled the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 27 weeks. She has followed the success with massive singles such as three-times platinum, three-week number-one “The Good Ones” and platinum “Pick Me Up.” With her top-streaming platinum album, GOLDMINE, she has surpassed 2.6 billion global career streams to date and tallied major accolades like Billboard Women in Music 2022’s Rising Star Award, 2021 CMT Artists of the Year, and the iHeart Radio Titanium Award, plus nods from ACM, AMA, Billboard, CMA, CMT and iHeartRadio. A powerhouse entertainer, Barrett will return to the road this summer on select dates with Kane Brown.
Additional information and updates will soon become available on the 39th Annual PA Chamber Dinner website, www.chamberdinner.com.
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state’s largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.