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Singing for our supper, enriching yours

For those unfamiliar with the phrase, Wikipedia offers enlightenment: A Rodgers and Hart song by the same name debuted in their 1938 Broadway musical, Boys from Syracuse. The lyrics describe a singer performing to earn his meals: "Sing for your supper, / And you'll get breakfast. / Songbirds always eat / If their song is sweet to hear." Over the years, the song has been recorded by numerous jazz and pop artists such as Rudy Vallée, Count Basie, Mel Tormé, Helen Humes, the Mamas & the Papas and Cher.

By extension, the phrase has come to mean doing what must be done to ensure survival and success. It seems particularly apt at a time in which arts based organizations across the nation face unprecedented economic hurdles.

For its part, Proctors and the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra have joined forces for more than a little singing and merry-making music of their own. The focus of the teamwork is An Evening of Pops with notable Clint Holmes and Susanna Gabbiano and featuring the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Charles Schneider.

Proceeds from two performances of AN EVENING OF POPS – at 8PM on Friday, May 13, and at 2PM on Saturday, May 14 -- will benefit both the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and Proctors. It’s a great way to support your hometown orchestra while enjoying fabulous Las Vegas style entertainment – all without leaving Schenectady!

A seasoned performer, Clint Holmes is currently a favorite in the Las Vegas community and has been selected as “Best Singer” for two years running by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Holmes served as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on The Late Show and as the musical feature and even correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. His first love, however, is performing live, highlighting his signature silky vocal stylings and magnetic stage presence. His musical selections range from contemporary to classic and include jazz – and even opera.

The versatile Susanna Gabbiano brings a lifetime of experience and emotion to every song that she chooses to sing. She focuses on a "Popera" style -- orchestral pop sung in both English and Italian.

The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra reflects the talents of more than seventy musicians, united under the leadership of award-winning Music Director Charles Schneider. Founded in1934, this prized community-based orchestra has established itself as a source of cultural enrichment, music education and appreciation within Schenectady and throughout New York State’s Capital region and a noteworthy outlet for the wide-ranging talents of accomplished local musicians.

Tickets for AN EVENING OF POPS with Clint Holmes, Susanna Gabbiano and the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra are on sale now at Proctors Box Office, (518) 346-6204 or online at Purchase 20 tickets or more and Get the Group Advantage of discounts and early buying power. 518-382-3884 ext. 139.

For Ticket buyers to an event supporting the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, a portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. For GE employees, retirees or spouses of an employee or retiree, that portion is also eligible to be matched by the GE More Gifts...More Givers Foundation.

Come sing along with us for a memorable event of fun-, friend- and fund-raising at An Evening of Pops with notable Clint Holmes and Susanna Gabbiano and featuring the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. Be part of the excitement – while helping to support Proctors and the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. The show will be videotaped

Looking ahead

Proctors plans a delightful roster of entertainments as it sings for its supper in the months ahead:

Indulge: a night out for women (June 2); Proctors on Tap: Brews @ Blues (Aug. 26); Season Opening Gala/Capital Region Entertainment Hall of Fame at Proctors (Sept. 24); the Northeast Fine Craft Festival (Oct. 23 – 23); Lunch With Santa (December 11); The Singing Chef presents Dinner in the Vineyard (Feb. 10, 2012) and the Capital Region Wine Festival at Proctors (Feb. 11 2012).

For information on these and other events, visit Proctors or

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