Natalie Cole & George Benson to Headline bergenPAC's 9th Annual Spring Gala, 4/25
Bergen Performing Arts Center is proud to celebrate the 9th Annual Gala with musical icons George Benson and Natalie Cole funds raised from this performance will go towards the all-new Performing Arts School at bergenPAC which now is located at 1 Depot Square in Englewood, New Jersey. The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC features a series of classes, school residencies, workshops, live performances, student productions and ensemble groups in the performing arts for all children, from 2 months to 21 years old. bergenPAC's Arts Education and Community Outreach programs have reached more than 50,000 students annually since its inception. The renovations are critical to the growth of the school, as it continues to expand programming and offer state of the art facilities to those enrolled. The Performing Arts School aims to create a learning environment that enriches all levels of talent while cultivating the excitement and creativity inherent in the arts for all participating.
There are legends in the world of music... and then there are icons. Nat King Cole broke barriers and literally changed the face of music. Two decades later George Benson did the same by redefining the world of jazz by garnering the first platinum jazz album in 1976. In the universe of masters and mentors, the torch has never been passed as impeccably as from Cole to Benson. With Cole's spellbinding voice and his unforgettable catalog of classic songs in the `50s and `60s, he paved the way for the level of tremendous international crossover success that dynamic ten-time GRAMMY winner Benson earned in the `70s to the present - from jazz to pop, and from instrumental innovator to vocal sensation. The keys were ambition, accessibility, all-around quality and strict attention to the wants and desires of their audience. In honor of this, George Benson delivers an album he has literally been preparing for all his life: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole and will share this music live at bergenPAC in Englewood, New Jersey.