Center For the Arts 

Blackbird - A Benefit Concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
$45 dinner and show; $25 show

$25 concert tickets will be available at the door.

For $45 tickets for the combined dinner and concert: please call (860) 882-9415 or (860) 983-8625.

$25 concert only tickets are available at the following locations:

--Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe, 396 Washington Street, Middletown, CT 06457
--Illiano's Ristorante & Pizzeria, 534 Washington Street, Middletown, CT 06457

An "all-star band" will be performing The Beatles' White Album (1968) in its entirety as a benefit concert to create a scholarship fund in memory of Stephanie Nelson. Funds raised will go towards Middlesex Community College students in support of internships at Wesleyan University.

There is a limited number of $45 tickets available for a dinner which will be held from 5pm to 6:45pm before the evening concert at Wesleyan University. The dinner will take place in the Pavilion at Middlesex Community College, located at 100 Training Hill Road in Middletown, Connecticut.

The "all-star" band will include drummer Andy Chatfield, bassist Mark Crino, and saxophonist Eric DellaVecchia of Stanley Maxwell; Jeff Howard (the founding guitarist from the band The McLovins); lead vocalist Julie Corbalis; James Anderson of Jean-Claude Trans/Am on percussion; keyboard player Glen Nelson (of Spaghetti Cake and High Adventure); lead vocalist Alice-Anne Harwood Sherrill and backup vocalist Shona Kerr (of The Future Heavies); Shawn Persinger (guitarist for Prester John, 11twelve13, The Luck Pushers, and Boud Deun); Claire Tuxill McKenney on French horn; saxophonist Dustin Kreidler; Jennifer Berman on flute; Catherine Rousseau on clarinet and saxophone; Matthew Russo on trombone; John Gaiser on tuba; Nick Di Maria on trumpet; Dan Fecteau on violin; Ravenna Michalsen on cello; Wesleyan University Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina on viola; and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Megan Sesma on harp.

Join this event on Facebook here.

Click here to read about this event in News @ Wesleyan, Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media blog, the Middletown Press, The Hartford Courant, and The New York Times.

If you cannot attend the event, but would like to make a donation instead, please make checks payable to the "MXCC College Foundation," with a note in the subject line that clearly states that it is for the "Stephanie Nelson Scholarship Fund." Donations can also be made by visiting and adding a note that clearly states that it is for the “Stephanie Nelson Scholarship Fund.”

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