The Kingston Land Trust Hosts its First Annual Harvest Moon Benefit Concert in September, 2010

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The Kingston Land Trust hosts its first annual Harvest Moon Benefit Concert on Wednesday, September 22nd 2010.

Hudson Valley Residents will have a unique opportunity to enjoy performances by the city of Kingston’s youth while supporting an urban land trust.  Sponsored in part by Chronogram Magazine and the Kingston Times.

The Kingston Land Trust will host their first annual Harvest Moon Benefit Concert presenting some of Kingston’s finest youth musicians that include POOK (the percussion orchestra of Kingston) and the Kingston High School Jazz Combo. The concert, which will benefit the Kingston Land Trust, will take place at Falcon Arts 1348 9W, Marlboro, New York on Wednesday, September 22nd.

“We wanted to find a premier venue in the Hudson Valley to showcase the young talent in Kingston,” Martin says. “The Falcon Arts hosts some of the finest musicians in the world. It’s a great location set on a water fall over-looking the Hudson River. Their dinner and drink menu is superb, adding to the certainty of a delightful and relaxing evening for all of our supporters”.

There is a $25 suggested donation at the door. Children 18 and under are free.  Doors are at 6:00pm, showtime 7:00pm.   Dinner and drinks are available at the venue and a silent auction will be held throughout the evening.  Educational tables will be on hand of the many organizations or programs in the city of Kingston designed for our youth and families that include Kingston’s Citywide Neighborhood Watch group, Operation Frontline and the Forsyth Nature Center.

For more information, contact: Rebecca Martin, Executive Director at 845/877-LAND (5263) or

About the Musicians:

The Kingston High School Jazz Combo:
The Kingston Schools Jazz Program is a comprehensive curriculum that serves to celebrate the art form through performance and creativity.  Students at the middle and high school level experience the music through participation in big bands, combos and improvisation workshops.  These students have many performance opportunities throughout the year including community and school concerts as well as the opportunity to work with some of the finest jazz players in the Hudson Valley at the annual Kingston Jazz Invitational.  In recent years the premiere group, the KHS Jazz Ensemble, has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center as one of the finalist in the national Essentially Ellington competition and at the annual NYSSMA conference in Rochester.  The program is currently under the direction of Dan Shaut and Michael Treat

POOK (the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston):
POOK, the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston, is a program of the Center of Creative Education located in Kingston, NY. It was founded in 1997 by three professional percussionists with a strong interest in education and youth development.  Joakim Lartey, Ruben Quintero and Ev Mann come from three distinct cultural traditions but shared a love of drumming and of working with young people.  They each brought a unique style to the group that shaped it profoundly and we are still performing material from that first summer.  Members of POOK learn rhythms from all over the world that they then turn into unique arrangements of traditional material.  More than one hundred area youngsters have taken part in the ensemble and the group has given concerts all over the region, including performances at West Point and Jacob’s Pillow.

About the Kingston Land Trust:
The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the city of Kingston and the surrounding region to include the Town of Ulster and Town of Kingston.

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