Students at Celia Cruz


Eli Yamin 
The Jazz Drama Program 


Sunday June 3, 2012

2:00 PM Reception

3:00 PM Performance


Urban Stages 
259 West 30th Street (bet 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY 10001

Driving Directions 

Jazz Drama Program

Summer Gala June 3

"I firmly believe that any exposure to the arts like this is vital to the spirit of America, to the spirit of the children."

-Mercedes Ellington, choreographer and Granddaughter of Duke Ellington

"Thank you Eli for the wonderful experience you have allowed our students to have with the Jazz Drama Program and the recording at Avatar Studios.  I share your vision and dream to have students experience music and apply its force to guide them through life."

- Dr. William Rodriguez, Principal and Founder of Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music

The Jazz Drama Program Summer Gala
Sunday, June 3  2 PM at Urban Stages, NYC

Mercedes Ellington and Shireen Dickson
Mercedes Ellington and JDP Choreographer Shireen Dickson

A celebration of the work of The Jazz Drama Program with Artistic Director Eli Yamin, special guest Mercedes Ellington and honoring Dr. William Rodriguez.

Featuring a live performance of scenes and songs from Holding the Torch for Liberty, the jazz musical about women's suffrage by Eli Yamin and Clifford Carlson, with choreography by Shireen Dickson and performed by rising stars from Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music. 

Refreshments and a champagne toast!

Tickets to this exclusive event are extremely limited and can be purchased for $100 here by check or credit card.  $75 of your ticket price is tax deductible.  Refreshments will be served before and after the performance and each ticket holder will receive a copy of the Cast CD of Holding the Torch for Liberty, signed by the authors.  We thank-you for supporting the work of The Jazz Drama Program, telling stories relevant to children's lives and promoting unity through the arts!