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(The Fairmount Water Works sits along the Schuylkill River, below the art museum.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

(The Fairmount Water Works sits along the Schuylkill River, below the art museum. File photo by John Ostapkovich)

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By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is debuting a new event, “Culture and Conversation,” and you’re invited.

The event features Philadelphia world jazz singer Phyllis Chapell and her ensemble, Siora.

(Phyllis Chappel  Photo provided)

(Phyllis Chappel Photo provided)

As part of the exhibit, Chapell (right) will debut a new film to go with a song about water written by her late partner, Dan Kleiman.

“My partner got interested in environmental issues (and) he wrote a song called ‘The Water Song.’   In that song I took the word water and translated it into about 40 different languages,” she says.

And the film?

“It shows beautiful and poignant images about water while we are singing the song.”

Chapell says film will get its debut on April 3rd.

“We’re going to do a concert, we’re going to view a film, then a panel discussion, and then a reception,” Chapell tells Positively Philadelphia, “so you’re getting a lot of things in there at this wonderful event on April 3rd.”

But don’t worry, you’ll be able to see the film no matter when you visit the interpretive center.

“It’s part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Fairmount Water Works (interpretive center).   We’re going to be installed at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, so it will be shown to people whenever they come to the museum.”

Listen to the extended interview with Phyllis Chappel in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 7:07)…

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The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center provides a fascinating look at the waterworks which, back in the day, was a must-see for tourists from around the world.

And, for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

For tickets or more information about the April 3rd event, go to http://fwwicaeiouwater-es2004.eventbrite.com/.

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