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Monday, 22 November 2010 15:51 administrator
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CMV NewsMount Vernon, NY – Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr., and the Mount Vernon Department of Recreation will be hosting A Holiday Salute to Old Broadway in the Mount Vernon City Hall rotunda on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 6:00pm.  The extraordinarily talented children of the Young at Arts program will be performing holiday season songs, dancing and a variety of sing-a-longs.

“The holiday season is a time to share and open our hearts to others. This group of young individuals has done just that, learning and embracing the field of music and arts.  The Young at Arts students continue to give back not only to themselves but to everyone around them.  It is programs and events like this that give our city its great name,” stated Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr.

 

Young at Arts program will perform tunes from Old Broadway, such as Irving Berlin’s “I Love a Piano” and other Broadway favorites including “Heat Wave”, “Blue Skies”, and “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile” as well as holiday favorites “White Christmas”, “O Holy Night” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”  The thirty-two students recently performed in New York City at the annual Sing for Hope benefit for this year’s honoree and legendary entertainer Tony Bennett.  At the end of the show, Mr. Bennett commented regarding the students’ performance saying, “That was a wonderful show; you’ve got a lot of talent up there!”

Commissioner Peter J. Neglia and the Department of Recreation have been working closely together to support the needs of each individual student in the Young at Arts program.  Aside from providing essential transportation, the Department of Recreation is readily available in assisting these students with the necessary tools to develop their skills, both physically and mentally.  “It is ever so important to me, to provide these young students with a sense of pride, self worth, and accomplishment both individually and as a group,” stated Neglia.

Young at Arts is an after school performing arts program that has a variety of students ages 3 thru 20.  The program seeks to provide young students within underserved areas with exceptional training in both the arts and life skills.  The director and founder of Young at Arts, Sharyn Pirtle has an extensive background in performing arts.  Since 2005, when Sharyn started this program, she has been reaching out to communities such as the City of Mount Vernon.  With this event steadily approaching, Sharyn Pirtle stated, “we are so very proud to be given this opportunity to sing at City Hall during this holiday season and Young at Arts program would not be where it is today without our partnership with the City of Mount Vernon Recreation Department.  The students are particularly thrilled to be performing at City Hall in their own home town!”

For more information about this event, contact Michael McCue of the Mount Vernon Department of Recreation at 914-665-2781.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 November 2010 15:53

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