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New York Voices to Perform at the Palace Theatre

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the music program at Le Moyne College will present the GRAMMY award-winning New York Voices for a Vocal Jazz Gala at the historic Palace Theatre. The concert will be the culminating event for a day-long vocal jazz festival where the four-member vocal group will work with Le Moyne's own vocal jazz ensemble, the Jazzuits, as well as high school students from across New York state.

The day-long festival, entitled “Engaging Syracuse Through Song,” is open to the public and will also take place at the Palace Theatre. During the day, students from Baldwinsville, Westhill, Brockport, Cicero North-Syracuse, and Rome school districts will participate in workshops with the New York Voices. The evening concert (at 7:30 p.m.) will feature the New York Voices and will conclude with the GRAMMY-winning ensemble performing side-by-side with students from the above-mentioned school districts.

“This project is envisioned as a way to engage the entire Syracuse community through song, which is a medium that cuts across all boundaries,” says Travis Newton, director of Le Moyne College’s music program. “We’re moving beyond the borders of campus to the historic Palace Theatre in order to accommodate a larger crowd and to encourage additional community members to join in this celebration of the power of music!”

The idea to collaborate with the New York Voices was born in the spring of 2014, when the Le Moyne College Jazzuits traveled to Bowling Green State University to work with New York Voices member Kim Nazarian. Carol Jacobe, founding director of the Jazzuits, says, "working with Kim last year was very exciting. Hosting all of the New York Voices at the Palace Theatre to work with these wonderful students is even more exciting - we can't wait!"

This project is made possible with support from the IDEAS Implementation Fund, which provides grants to implement strategies derived from the IDEAS Collaborative (Initiative to Develop and Engage Audiences in Syracuse). IDEAS seeks to strengthen the connection between the community and arts, culture, and heritage organizations by engaging audiences, fostering collaboration, identifying the arts as an economic engine, and developing cooperative marketing and communications strategies. IDEAS is funded by the Allyn Foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation, the Gifford Foundation, the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, the John Ben Snow Foundation, and the Trust for Cultural Resources of the County of Onondaga.

About the New York Voices: 2013 marked 25 years of music-making for the famed New York Voices. They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements, and unparalleled vocal blend. Comprised of four members, Kim Nazarian, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, and Darmon Meader, the New York Voices have performed all around the globe and have an extensive collection of recordings. Most notably they have performed with Boston Pops, Bobby McFerrin, Count Basie Orchestra, and The Manhattan Transfer.

Tickets to the evening concert are $20 for the general public and $5 for students. Tickets to a post-concert VIP reception are available for $10 pre-sale and $20 at the door.

Community members interested in attending the day-long workshops are asked to contact Le Moyne College at (315) 445-5443.

For more information and to purchase tickets call (315) 445-4200 or visit www.lemoyne.edu/vpa.

posted on: 8/25/2014