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Blues and Jazz Performer Madeleine Peyroux to Headline Syracuse Stage Gala
Madeleine Peyroux, a blues and jazz singer often compared to Billie Holiday, will perform live in concert at Gala 2016, Syracuse Stage’s major annual fundraiser. The event will take place on Friday, June 10, in Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center.
Tickets for the concert will be available May 2 at the Syracuse Stage Box Office, 315-443-3275 and online. General admission ($25) seating is available in the balcony. Doors will open at 8:45 p.m. and the concert will begin at 9 p.m.
Tickets for the entire Gala event include cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and concert, are available now at 315-443-2709.
Peyroux began her career at 15 as an American in Paris busking on the city streets, spent the next several years traveling around Europe performing jazz standards and was finally discovered in the early ’90s in a New York City jazz nightclub. She has released seven studio albums consisting of both original works and cover songs that are soulful, earthy takes on her musical inspirations, and has collaborated with many well-known artists such as former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Peyroux’s music can be heard in several films and television shows, including “Union Square,” “Last Holiday” and HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Deadwood.” More information can be found at http://www.madeleinepeyroux.com.
Syracuse Stage Gala 2016 is presented by the Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees and Syracuse Stage Guild. The fifth annual Louis G. Marcoccia Award for Exemplary Service to Syracuse Stage will be presented to three individuals who, when combined, have more than 75 years of service to Syracuse Stage. Individuals being honored are Tim Bond, who is in his ninth and farewell season as producing artistic director; Diana Coles, who has been with Syracuse Stage for 31 years and is topping off her career as interim managing director; and Barbara Beckos, who joined Syracuse Stage in 1978 and retired in 2015 after 36 years, during which time she served in various capacities, including director of marketing and development.
Gala honorary chair is Louis G. Marcoccia, president of Syracuse Stage’s Board of Trustees. Event co-chairs are Robert Pomfrey, chair of the Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees, and Jacki Goldberg, vice president for fundraising of the Syracuse Stage Guild Board. Underwriters for the event are Jacki and Michael Goldberg, Syracuse Stage Guild Board, and The POMCO Group. All proceeds will benefit Syracuse Stage artistic and educational programming.