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PR # 165 March 4, 2009

RVCC THEATRE TO PRESENT MUSIC BY PROJECT

The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch will offer a performance by PROJECT, Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m. The evening is being presented as part of the Theatre?s Major Artists Series . Tickets cost $17 and $22.

PROJECT excites audiences with energy and a style that can only be described as a fusion of jazz, hip-hop and world music?balanced by an allegiance to its classical roots. The dynamic young ensemble features three talented musicians: Greg Pattillo (beatbox flute), Eric Stephenson (cello) and Peter Seymour (bass).

Recognized throughout the world for his redefinition of flute sound, Greg Pattillo was recently lauded by The New York Times as ?the best person in the world at what he does.? Pattillo earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of Joshua Smith, principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

An exceptionally versatile cellist, Eric Stephenson presents music ranging from classical, to jazz, to rock and folk. He is currently affiliated with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee and the Colorado Music Festival. Stephenson served as principal cellist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra from 2002-2006 and was a regular substitute for the Cleveland Orchestra.

Peter Seymour, a native of Dallas, has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He received the Downbeat Magazine Award for Best Jazz Soloist in 1996 and has appeared with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove and Bobby McFerrin.

For additional information about PROJECT, visit www.whatisproject.org .

For the fifth year in a row, Courier News readers voted The Theatre at RVCC as the ?Best of the Best? in 2008 in the ?Playhouse/Theater? category. This season The Theatre at RVCC is presenting the Major Artists Series ; the 17th annual Merck Series , made possible by a generous grant from The Merck Company Foundation; School-Time Performances , a series for teachers and students grades pre-K to 12; the Family Series , a series of events designed specially for families with older children; and the Sampler Series , a series of transformational events for children and their families. This year also includes a new series, Tuesdays with Stories , which features great American literature performed by solo actors from The American Place Theatre.

A variety of subscribers? packages are available. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org . Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for a variety of performances.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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