March 25, 2013

Patti Labelle to Perform in Benefit Concert for Duke Ellington School of the Arts 

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 7:30pm in the concert hall of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is pleased to announce the 6th annual Performance Series of Legends benefit concert featuring the legendary Patti LaBelle on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 7:30pm in the concert hall of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Singer, author, and actress Patti LaBelle is one of the most prolific artists in modern music with an illustrious career than spans over 50 years.  As the melodic doyen of the legendary 60s quartet, Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, and the retro 70s trio, LaBelle—Patti’s kinetic performances and signature four-octave instrument served as the group’s torch.

The multiple Grammy and American Music Award winning legend continues to savor one of the longest sustained recording and touring careers in contemporary music.

This event is the latest installment of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ Performance Series of Legends that has previously featured Dave Chappelle, Denyce Graves, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Smokey Robinson. 

“We are truly honored by the support of such legendary artists for our students and community. Their willingness to give back their time, resources, and inspiration through this Performance Series provides Duke Ellington students’ valuable exposure and customized artistic direction. This is an experience that changes the course of a student's dream”, states Rory Pullens, Head of School and CEO of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

The contributions of such performers has provided a source of revenue that allows the school to continue providing talented students in the DC metropolitan area the opportunity to receive the highest quality arts and academic education. 

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts was founded in 1974 and is the only DC public high school that provides pre-professional arts training and college preparation to more than 500 talented students. For more than thirty-nine years, it has fulfilled its mission to “nurture and inspire passion for arts and learning in talented students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to develop their artistic skills.” 

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts has continued to maintain a 98% graduation rate with 95% of its seniors being accepted into colleges, universities and conservatories.

Performance only tickets priced $50-$175 are on sale at the Kennedy Center Box Office at 202-467-4600 or kennedy-center.org

VIP tickets at $500 each, and sponsorship opportunities of $2,500-$100,000, are available through The Ellington Fund at 202-333-2555 or info@ellingtonarts.org. Please visit ellingtonschool.org for further details or to learn more about the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

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