Super Storm Sandy Relief Concert

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Washington, D.C. Auxiliarist Rio Clemente plays at the White House. Photo courtesy of USCG Auxiliary.

Randolph, NJ  – The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be hosting a holiday concert to benefit the Staten Island Coast Guard families whose houses were also destroyed or damaged due to Hurricane Sandy.  While the men and woman of the Coast Guard were out helping the citizens of New Jersey and New York  evacuate and be safe during the storm, their own homes at Sector New York in Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island were getting pummeled by Hurricane Sandy.

Article by Vera Reed, Auxiliary Public Affairs Officer

 Rio Clemente, The Bishop of Jazz and Officer for the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary, heard about the plight of the Coast Guard in Staten Island and decided to have a holiday concert, “The ImpresaRIO Series Holiday Concert” to benefit these families. Rio is a master pianist who mixes a strong classical background with a rich knowledge of jazz history, then adds an amazing sense of creativity and interpretation. He has a knack for captivating audiences like nobody else.

He has played at many venues including The Players Club, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in NYC but his most memorable venue was in 2011 at the White House.  “The ImpresaRIO Series Holiday Concert” will feature Vitali Imereli, Keatan Douglas and other notable performers playing holiday music.

Vitali Imereli is the best  and most accomplished jazz violinist in the world.  He studied violin in Georgia at the National Academy of Music. He has participated in a variety of festivals  throughout Europe where he participated in TV and Radio programs He was inspired by Stephane Grappelli to play Gipsy Jazz. Keaton Douglas has wowed tens of thousands in various venues throughout her career, including Senators, Congressmen and the President of the United States himself. As a soloist with the New Jersey Pops Symphony Orchestra, Keaton, performed to numerous sold out crowds at the PNC Bank Arts Center and  Atlantic City’s Tropicana Hotel and Casino. She concertizes regularly with various orchestras, performing operatic works, as well as the classical Broadway repertoire. She has performed at the last two presidential inaugurations with Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians.  She has appeared with Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Julius LaRosa, Buddy Greco, Rio Clemente and Bob Newhart. She has had the privilege of opening for the great Nancy Wilson. She currently appears regularly with the Somers Dream Orchestra, the most swinging 18 piece Big Band in the New York metro area and 40 Nights, a Christian Rock Band.

“The ImpresRIO Series Holiday Concert” will be held at the Randolph Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 8 pm. Tickets are $40 each and all the proceeds will benefit the U.S. Coast Guard Spouses Association Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Tickets are limited and can be purchased by calling 201 503-5433. Credit cards are accepted.

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