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Sting to headline Duke Ellington School of the Arts benefit concert

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Sting will headline the seventh annual The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Performance Series of Legends benefit concert on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore. Sting will be joined by special guest Paul Simon plus an additional surprise performer.

Since its launch in 1974, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts has provided an exemplary arts and academic education to talented youth who may not otherwise have that opportunity. The concert is one of the events that is part of the school's 40th anniversary celebration.

This concert is the latest installment of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ Performance Series of Legends that has previously featured Dave Chappelle, Denyce Graves, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Smokey Robinson and Patti Labelle. Led by Founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz and Head of School, Rory Pullens, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts has taken an innovative, entrepreneurial approach to fundraising in order to support its dual arts and academic curriculum.

Sting is one of music’s most renowned and distinctive artists who is a composer, singer, author, actor, and activist. He has earned 16 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, and is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Sting has offered his resources and talents to our school. His contribution through this performance series not only gives our students inspiration and valuable exposure, but provides a source of revenue that enables us to continue the important mission of providing arts education excellence to deserving students who wouldn't otherwise have this opportunity,” states Rory Pullens, Head of School and CEO of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, Md. Individual ticket prices are between $250 and $750. VIP tickets are $1,000 each and will include access to a private reception prior to the concert. Sponsorship levels range from $5,000-$100,000 and are available through The Ellington Fund at 202-333-2555 or info@ellingtonarts.org.

Visit www.ellingtonschool.org for further details or to learn more about the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

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