MUSIC MATTERS: Wonder Helps Ellington

by Columnist

No stranger to the stages of Washington DC the legendary Stevie Wonder is coming to the rescue of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

By Tommy McFLY

Stevie Wonder performs at 2007 event held in his honor.

Stevie Wonder performs at 2007 event held in his honor.

Stevie Wonder Live at the Kennedy Center will be a one night celebration of inner-city youth, the arts and the legacy of Duke Ellington.  As a result of city wide budget cuts to DC schools critical funds for staff and materials shrunk.  Before calling in a musical heavy hitter like Wonder, the staff of the Duke Ellington School unanimously voted to each forfeit a day of pay per month to avoid losing their colleagues and supplies.

Rory Pullens, Head of School and CEO of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts weighed in, “Stevie Wonder’s agreement to do this benefit concert underscores his understanding of the value of an arts education.”  Enjoy what will surely be a phenomenal evening of entertainment and support the mission of Duke Ellington – Thursday, February 25, 2010 starting at 7:30pm in the concert hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

VIP tickets including access to the private “Wonderland” after party are immediately available for pre-sale for $500 at the office of the Ellington Fund.  Benefit sponsorship packages are available from $2500 to $75,000.  Contact the Ellington Fund at 202-333-2555 or for both.  General ticket sales will be available starting on Thursday, January 28th at the Kennedy Center Box Office or at for $125, $150 and $175.  Please visit Duke Ellington School. for further details.

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