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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 21, 2009

MAHWAH – Recording artist Freda Payne will perform a special musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Ramapo College in February.

Payne, the star of Broadway shows including “Jelly’s Last Jam” and “Sophisticated Ladies” will conjure the spirit of Ella in this musical play with her renditions of standards like “Mack the Knife,” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”  Payne, a celebrated R&B and jazz vocalist, shot to fame with the hit, “Band of Gold.”

This Valentine’s Day celebration will be presented Saturday, February 14 at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater, located in The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts.  Tickets cost $25, $22 and $19 for adults and $12 for children under 17.  Senior citizens, WBGO Radio and N.J. Jazz Society members will receive 20% off regular ticket prices.  To order tickets, call the box office at 201.684.7844.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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