Raissa Katona Bennett To Launch 7th Season of THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES at Tudor City Greens, 5/28

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Raissa Katona Bennett To Launch 7th Season of THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES at Tudor City Greens, 5/28

The 7th Season of The Parks Concert Series, (formerly The Concert for City Greens), a free outdoor concert series, commences on Wednesday, May 28 at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, May 29 at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens, and will feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene. All performers donate their time and talent for these concerts, which are hosted by Tudor City resident and Broadway and cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett.

This concert will feature Broadway Veteran (Phantom of the Opera) and Award Winning Songwriter D.C. ANDERSON, Bistro Award Winning Singer/Songwriter NATHAN CHANG, Recording Artist PEGGY EASON, Julie Wilson Award Winning Singer SHANA FARR, Cellist & Composer ADAM FISHER, and Bistro Award Winning Pianist & NPR Host, JON WEBER. This concert will also feature an original song written by DAVID INGBER and arranged by Broadway Musical Director (Kinky Boots/The Book of Mormon), BRIAN USIFER in celebration of MANHATTANHENGE.

Host RAISSA KATONA BENNETT, Broadway's "Christine" in Phantom of the Opera and MAC & Bistro Award Winner, welcomes back series regulars, MAC & Bistro Award Winner TERESE GENECCO as sidekick & drummer, MAC & Bistro Award Winner & Windham Hill Recording Artist SEAN HARKNESS on guitar, Composer & Recording Artist, JONATHAN SARAGA on Trumpet, Recording Artist & Arranger MATT SCHARFGLASS on bass, and MAC Award Winning Composer, Pianist & Musical Director, BILL ZEFFIRO.

Pianists KENNETH GARTMAN & TRACY STARK will provide additional musical direction.

Research shows that time spent in nature makes people healthier, happier and more creative, and that communities are safer where green spaces exist. In 2008, Raissa Katona Bennett had the idea to bring the world of cabaret, jazz, Broadway, and classical music to city green spaces as a way for diverse audiences to enjoy a free event and to broaden the appreciation of both of these amazing artists and the parks we so often take for granted.

Annually since then, hundreds of people who otherwise may never have experienced this cultural art form have enjoyed many nights of amazing music under the trees. The event, called "The Park Concert Series" (formerly known as the Concerts for City Greens), takes place at the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park (between 41st & 42nd Streets, and 1st & 2nd Avenues) Future 2014 concert dates are June 25 (rain date June 26), August 13 (rain date August 14) and September 10 (rain date September 11). All shows begin at 6:30pm.

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Stephen Hanks During more than 30 years as a magazine publisher/editor/writer for a variety of national magazines and websites, Stephen Hanks has written about sports, health and nutrition, parenting, politics, the media, and most recently, musical theater, and cabaret. While by day, Stephen is the Advertising Sales Director for Habitat Magazine (a publication covering life in New York Metro area co-ops and condos), by night he writes reviews and columns about New York City cabaret for BroadwayWorld.com. Stephen also writes feature stories about cabaret for Cabaret Scenes Magazine. From 2010 to mid-2014, he served as the first Board President of Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, which workshops new musicals in New York City (he is now a member of the MMTL Advisory Board. Stephen is also the founder, producer and director of the Broadway Musical Fantasy Camp, which is a workshop for amateur performers that rehearses and presents staged readings of classic Broadway Musicals. In 2011, Stephen was an Associate Producer for the Off-Broadway show THE FARTISTE. In 2013-14, Stephen staged his debut solo cabaret show, "Beyond American Pie: The Don McLean Songbook" at the Metropolitan Room in New York. Please contact Stephen with your comments and questions at: stephenhanks41@gmail.com