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Enjoy some jazz and help scholarship fund

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“Jazz It Up,” featuring the smooth harmony of the Stellar Singers backed by the big band sound of the Starlight Dance Band, promises to be a “must-see” performance for those attending the fifth annual benefit concert for the Jonathon Scott Bennett Scholarship Endowment. The program will be held in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the campus of Barton College at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Vocalists Sherry Lee Allen, Eddie Atkins, Hannah Slaughter, Tim Messina, Elizabeth Winstead, Alex Guyton-Lange, Bobbie Jo Bone and Cory Whaley will bring to life those favorite melodies of the Golden Age of Song.

Some of the songs planned include “Blue Skies,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Route 66,” “Boy From New York City” and “Witchcraft.”

A scholarship is awarded each year to Fike High School graduates who are recognized for excelling in the areas of scholarship, musicianship, athletics and community service, as the scholarship’s namesake Jonathon Scott Bennett did during his life.

Tickets for this event are available in advance from the Arts Council of Wilson box office or at the Kennedy Family Theatre door on the evening of the performance.

General admission is $25, and reserved stage-side tables for $100 are all-inclusive with hors d’oeuvres, dessert and wine.

The concert series began in 2015, started by Bennett’s family and friends, who wanted to honor Bennett’s legacy in the Wilson community. The seven recipients from 2014 to 2019 are Emma Jane Proctor, Selisha Pender, Liz Short, David Piper, Carolyn Vaughn, Etheridge Whitley and Nevaeh Nicole Barbee.

For more information about this event, contact Sherry Lee Allen, interim director of Theatre at Barton, at slallen@barton.edu or visit www.barton.edu/theatre.

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