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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: January 21, 2005

Free performances for city children

NEW YORK - Con Edison and The Town Hall will present their 2005 Black History Month celebration featuring "The Persuasions," the legendary a capella doo-wop group. Free performances are being offered to elementary school students on February 3rd at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and February 4th at 10:30 a.m.

"The Persuasions" are a Brooklyn-based group that has been on the musical scene since 1962. Known for their smooth harmonies, the group is acknowledged as being the pioneers of the popular a capella scene. The quintet has served as a great influence on contemporary musical groups such as Boyz II Men, Take 6 and Rockapella.

Their sharp musical style spans a wide variety, including children's, gospel and Christmas music. With more than 8,000 live performances and over 20 records, "The Persuasions" have also performed on theme albums featuring the music of Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead and The Beatles.

"We're delighted to showcase these exciting and educational performances for thousands of children each year right in the heart of the Broadway theatre district," said Frances A. Resheske, senior vice president of public affairs for Con Edison. "Our joint efforts with The Town Hall provide a unique, 'up-close-and personal' opportunity for young people to explore the dynamic world of music, literature, the arts and culture."

This is the ninth year that Con Edison has sponsored the festival at The Town Hall. Both organizations continue their commitment of bringing quality educational entertainment to grade school children to ensure that youngsters are reminded of the strides made by the African-American community and to illustrate the importance of Black History Month.

"The success and longevity of the program is a testament to the significance of Black History, the enthusiasm of New York City's schools and their students, and the commitment of Con Edison," says Marvin Leffler, President of The Town Hall.

The students also have the chance to win cash prizes in a Poster/Essay Contest sponsored by Con Edison and The Town Hall. Students who attend the show are invited to enter the contest by designing a poster for Black History Month that celebrates the role of the African-American artist in music. Five winners will each receive $50 at an awards ceremony at Con Edison headquarters at 4 Irving Place in Manhattan. Their posters and essays will also be featured for one month on the Town Hall Website.

There are 4,500 students from throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx participating in the program. This Black History Month Festival is one of a series of programs designed for young audiences at The Town Hall. To receive information on future events, fax request and contact information to The Town Hall at 212-997-1929.

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