On. Oct. 22, in the 400-seat Concert Hall in Eastern’s brand-new Fine Arts Instructional Center (FAIC), the Mohegan Sun All-Stars, led by Connecticut music legend David Foster, opened a special series of four fundraising concerts designed to support The Kevin Crosbie Memorial Scholarship, established in honor of the late publisher of the Willimantic Chronicle.
Foster, rhythm and blues singer, legendary rock promoter and local philanthropist, is partnering with Eastern to present, “Jazzin’ it Up at Eastern,” a series of four world-class acts to support the scholarship fund for Windham High School graduates attending Eastern. “We are so pleased to partner with David Foster on this project,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “Giving Windham’s young people the financial support to attend Eastern will be a life-changing event for these students.”
The scholarship fund was created by David and Marilyn Foster, Kevin’s widow Pat Crosbie and Eileen Ossen of the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation. “Kevin was a great friend and a tireless advocate for our local community,” said Foster. “The scholarship fund we created in Kevin’s memory is a way to keep his legacy alive. He would be pleased to know that we are helping local students achieve their dream of a college education.”
Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, performed on Nov. 5 as the second show in the series withrenowned guitarist Pat Metheny scheduled to appear on Jan. 13. Legendary jazz quintet Spyro Gyra will complete the series on May 20.
All shows begin at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.easternct.edu/jazzinitup, call the Concert Hall Box Office at (860) 465-4979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.