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Dane Vannatter and his jazz quartet at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Salem, Mass. - The Peabody Essex Museum is proud to host a benefit concert for the Salem public schools on Saturday, February 9 at 8 pm in the museum Atrium. The concert will feature renowned jazz vocalist Dane Vannatter and his quartet. Tickets are $18 for members and Salem residents and $22 for nonmembers.

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will be donated to the newly formed Salem Education Fund.

The Peabody Essex Museum has a long-standing connection with the Salem Public School system. Thousands of Salem K-12 students visit the museum each year. In addition, through the multiple-visit partnership program with Salem's elementary and middle schools, many of those students come to PEM at least three times in a year. These visits are linked in meaningful ways with classroom curricula. PEM also provides curricular resources, teacher professional development and a rich array of education programs and activities. These include the museum's Art & Nature Center, special events and lectures and student and education programs specifically designed to complement and enhance schools' curricula around the arts, history and culture.

"The more we learned about this unfortunate situation, the more apparent it became to us that PEM needed to help out," said PEM Executive Director and CEO Dan Monroe. "We are proud to be a constructive part of the Salem community, and this benefit is in keeping with our positive relationship with this city."

"Salem students have been welcomed at PEM with open arms for many, many years," said Peggy Fogelman, PEM's Director of Education and Interpretation. "We have always been proud to be a partner in learning with Salem's teachers and schools."

In addition to the benefit concert, PEM has made a $5,000 cash donation directly to the Salem Education Fund.

About Dane Vannatter

Dane Vannatter performs music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and others. He is the 2006 Bistro Award recipient for Outstanding Vocalist from New York's Back Stage. The quartet features Bill Duffy on keyboard, Dave Landoni on bass, George Farrell on drums and Bill Vint on reeds and flute. "Dane Vannatter's style leave an imprint on whatever music he sings," says the Boston Globe. "Dane Vannatter is an artist who defines the purest aspects of intimate singing," praises Ron Della Chiesa of WGBH Boston. "Don't miss him!"

Benefit Details

Dane Vannatter and His Jazz Quartet: A Benefit for the Salem Public Schools
Saturday, February 9
8 pm
Museum Atrium, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem
Tickets - $22/$18

For reservations or more information, please call (978) 745-9500, ext. 3011.

Benefit Sponsors: North Shore 104.9, The Salem News

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PR Contacts:

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Manager of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3228  -  whitney_vandyke@pem.org

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