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Tito Puente Jr. Headlines Skaneateles Area Arts Council Gala The Latin magic of Tito Puente Jr. will excite a variety of music lovers, as the “Mambo King” brings his salsa music and dance band to the Skaneateles Area Arts Council gala at Stella Maris Retreat Center July 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. Following the legacy of his father, Tito Puente Jr. evokes passion from his audiences with his own brand of tropical and Latin jazz music and dance. From performing arts centers and symphony halls to casino and jazz festivals worldwide, Tito Puente Jr. has performed in more than 300 shows in the last five years. His 2004 album, “In My Father’s Shoes,” was adapted into a BET Jazz television special. His symphony appearances include Dallas, San Antonio, Colorado and South Bend. Upcoming performances include the Palm Desert Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. In a special tribute to his father, Tito Puente Jr. appeared on NBC’s two-hour special “The Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem.” He also appeared on the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live,” along with his big band. Puente’s newest CD release, “Got Mambo?” is a mixture of the old and the new, as he takes a musical departure into powerful new music he can truly call his own. Guest artist Bobby Cruz and Hansel & Raul help make this a coming-of-age project for Puente, with the album receiving heavy praise from Latin jazz critics. CNY Fertility/CNY Healing Arts/Dr. Robert J. Kiltz is the title sponsor. Tickets for cocktails, dinner and dancing are $125. VIP tickets are $250. For more information, call Fouad Dietz at 315-685-6655 or go to www.skarts.org.

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Posted: Sunday, July 1st, 2012 @ 9:18 pm by Curt
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Jazz Guitarist/Singer John Pizzarelli Headlines Skaneateles Arts Council Gala

Jazz Guitarist/Singer John Pizzarelli Headlines Skaneateles Arts Council Gala

Jazz Guitarist/Singer John Pizzarelli Headlines Skaneateles Arts Council Gala

John Pizaarelli, lauded by the Los Angeles Times as “madly creative” and by The Toronto Star as “the genial genius of the guitar,” will perform July 25 at “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream,” the annual gala of the Skaneateles Area Arts Council.

Festivities will be held lakeside at the Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center, a former Roosevelt mansion on Skaneateles Lake. The program will run from 6 to 10 p.m. and include cocktails; dining al fresco by Chris Kuhns, executive chef of Phoebe’s Restaurant and the Sherwood Inn; and an intimate concert by Pizzarelli.

Skaneateles residents Jean McGlynn and Fouad Dietz are co-chairs of the gala. Dr. Robert Kiltz, owner of CNY Healing Arts and CNY Fertility Centers, is the artist sponsor. Proceeds will support the Arts Council’s cultural events and community grants program. (more…)

Posted: Monday, June 14th, 2010 @ 5:38 pm by Curt
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