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Friday, September 21 Entertainment

Melissa Newman’s jazz trio returns to Silvermine to raise funds for Art Partners

Giving back to the community is a goal of the Silvermine Arts Center, as well as for Melissa Newman, daughter of the late actor Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

The center and Newman join forces on Friday, March 16, for the second consecutive year to raise funds for the Art Partners Outreach Education Program at a concert featuring the jazz singer. The trio also includes her longtime musical associates guitarist Tony Lombardozzi and bassist Phil Bowler. The evening will begin with a reception at 7 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30.

“Last year’s sold-out performance by Newman’s Trio was a highlight of the year and the group returns by popular demand,” the center said in a news release. “Last year, Melissa Newman approached Sophia Gevas, the (center’s) outreach education director, and offered the Melissa Newman Trio for a free performance in support of this extraordinary program. It was such a success that Newman offered a repeat performance this year. Silvermine enthusiastically accepted this generous offer.”

“ I am so excited to perform, once again, in support of a program that increases opportunities for young people to create and engage with art,” Newman said in the news release.

According to the center, Art Partners provides professional teaching artists to students in targeted, under-resourced Norwalk and Stamford schools. The program, which began in 1992 and serves about 1,000 students annually, creates curriculum-based studio art classes, which integrate critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and communication skills.

After a lucrative career singing jingles for companies such as AT&T and Chevrolet, Newman began performing at numerous area venues with a repertoire that includes selections from “both traditional and arcane jazz songbooks.” A sculptor, as well as a singer, Newman works in ceramic and porcelain, and her work has been exhibited at many venues including the Silvermine Galleries. She has been part of Silvermine’s community of artists since the early 1990s. She has taught art and drama at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Westchester County, N.Y., according to her bio.

Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. $50. 203-966-9700, ext. 2; silvermineart.org

Phyllis A.S. Boros|Senior Arts/Entertainment Writer

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