Feb. 3: Songs Were Made to Sing While We’re Young

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Songs Were Made to Sing While We’re Young

February 3 at 2:00 pm

Laurie Beechman Theatre
in the West Bank Café
407 W. 42nd St., NYC

Larry & Adela Elow

Adela & Larry Elow Teenager Endowment Fund holds the first annual American Songbook Competition presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation: Songs Were Made to Sing While We’re Young.

Adela and Larry Elow have established a $50,000 endowment fund, created specifically to “encourage teenagers to learn and perform The Great American Songbook, as composed between the years 1900-1970.” The Elows’ grant—restricted to this use—will be administered through the Mabel Mercer Foundation and provide annual cash awards across the next decade for three outstanding students per year, ages 13 to 19. Young performers will compete in concert for the individual honors and are to be selected from performing-arts public high schools in the greater New York area.

This year’s participants will be nominated from pupils who attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Talent Unlimited High School, and Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS). Each of these facilities requires auditions before enrolling students, and each school may select up to four participants for the concert on February 3rd. The singers will then compete for cash awards: a $2,500 first prize, a $1,500 second prize, and a $1,000 third prize. Their performance material for the event must be drawn from the Great American Songbook, 1900-1970.

Already set as judges for February 3rd are Village Voice and Huffington Post commentator David Finkle; cabaret entertainer Jeff Harnar; producing director of the York Theatre, James Morgan; jazz vocalist La Tanya Hall; and music author/historian and producer Deborah Grace Winer. Their choice as the first prize winner on February 3rd will also be invited to appear during the opening night performance of the annual Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention on October 9th at the Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

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Category: New York City, New York City Cabaret Pick of The Week, Pick of the Week, Regional

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