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Benefit Concert & Party
Friday, May 4, 7:00 pm at Coveleigh Club

The Rye Arts Center is replacing its annual gala with a Benefit Concert & Party that you won’t want to miss.

Headlining the evening will be Latin Grammy Nominee and former Yankee Center Fielder, Bernie Williams. Best known for his tremendous baseball career (that included 4 World Series Championships, 5 All-Star games, 4 Gold Gloves, and the 1996 ALCS MVP), Bernie is now following his other great passion in life: jazz guitar.

His first album, The Journey Within, was met with both strong critical praise and reached #3 on Billboard’s "Contemporary Jazz Chart.” His second album, Moving Forward, featured guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Secada, Dave Koz, and an all-star cast of renowned studio musicians. It debuted as Billboard’s #2 Contemporary Jazz album in the country and spawned two consecutive Billboard #1 singles, Go For It and Ritmo de Otono. The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album in 2009. Bernie also co-authored a book Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Music and Athletic Performance, a book that examines the symbiotic relationship between musical artistry and athletic performance through the eyes of a man who has mastered both.

Bernie will be backed by a band that includes members of The Jones Factor, a band that’s been thrilling audiences at The Rye Arts Center for years.

Also performing will be Juice, a 7-piece band that's been winning competitions and playing to sold-out venues up and down the coast. Their music distills Rock, R&B, and Hip-hop into a signature sound with a flavorful kick of electric violin, rich harmonies, honest lyrics, and festival-worthy choruses. In 2016, Juice won the grand prize at Milwaukee’s Summerfest and returned in 2017 to open for pop juggernaut DNCE. The band has local roots. Their drummer, Miles Clyatt, took his first drum lessons at The Rye Arts Center.

Concert-goers will also be treated to a performance by students at Mamaroneck's School of Rock, showing off the musical talents of youth in our community.

Dennis Elsas will host the evening. A Rye resident, Elsas is a pioneer of FM radio and a rock and roll authority. He has conducted history-making interviews with John Lennon, Jerry Garcia, Elton John, and countless others legends. After decades at WNEW-FM, he currently hosts radio shows on WFUV and on Sirius/XM’s Classic Vinyl and Beatles Channel. In 2010 he created Rock ‘N’ Roll Never Forgets, a live multi-media show featuring highlights from his storied career which debuted at The Rye Arts Center.

The Benefit Concert & Party will take place on Friday, May 4 at Coveleigh Club in Rye. In addition to music and dancing, the evening will be filled with wonderful food and drinks.

Funds raised from the event will support The Rye Arts Center’s many outreach programs, such as Head Start Arts Enrichment, which provides nearly 300 underserved pre-school children with arts education; Afterschool Programs at partner organizations like The Community Resource Center, The Don Bosco Center, and The Carver Center; Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, free classes that provide a supportive community and a rejuvenating experience; and $25,000 in Need-Based Scholarships.

Co-Chairs
Claire & Mike Griffiths & Shami & Anand Kini
 

Committee:
[In Formation]

Liz & Brian Ahrens
Josh Cohn
Heather & Jed Davies
Jill DiMassimo
Fiona & Ozgen Dogan
Ania & Chris Dunlop
Raquelle & Ken Frenchman
Meg Cameron & Jim Glickenhaus
Sara & Taegan Goddard
Jennifer & Larry Goldman
Maria & Gordon Hargraves
Suzanne & Thijs Hovers
Cynthia & Mark Howard
Lisa & Mark Keegan
Suzanna & Andrew Keith
Marcia & David Kimmel
Sterling Lanken
Robin & George Latimer
Amy & Shaun Lawrence
Sandra Manigault

Annabel & Tom Monaghan
Eileen & Richard Neiman
Suzanne O'Brien
Kerri Olson & Ariel Eckstein
Martha & Steve Otis
Catherine Parker & David Walker
Judith & Bill Passannante
Emily & Jeroen Plink
Anne & Don Pollard
Candace & Ethan Riegelhaupt
Kathleen & Loren Riegelhaupt
Dana & Benjamin Sands
Kristina (Kicki) Storm
Mary & Paul Squire
Priya Tambe
Lexy Tomaino
Marie-Anne & Joris Van Roijen
Annette & Jan Veltman
Nicole & Rob Weber

The Benefit Concert and Party is generously sponsored by:
Julia B. Fee | Sotheby's International Realty