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Music Industry Giants Ashford & Simpson to Perform at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus

2009 honorary degree recipients return to the Campus for benefit concert to raise funds for the Kumble Theater


Brooklyn, N.Y. – Award-winning songwriters and performers Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson will bring their signature sound to the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus on Friday, October 30. The concert event, “An Evening of Song with Ashford & Simpson,” will raise funds for the Kumble Theater, a state-of-the-art, 320-seat venue that nurtures the creative work of students and other emerging artists and provides the community with free or low-cost access to world-class performances.

Mr. Ashford and Ms. Simpson, who first became acquainted with the Brooklyn Campus through University trustee Steven J. Kumble, the Theater’s benefactor and namesake, received honorary degrees at its commencement ceremony in May 2009. Impressed with the University’s mission of access and excellence, and the Campus’ contributions to downtown Brooklyn’s vibrant artistic community, the duo decided to donate their time and talents to support the Kumble Theater.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Ashford and Ms. Simpson back to the Brooklyn Campus. Their legendary success as performers, songwriters and producers is an inspiration to our students in the arts,” declared Gale Stevens Haynes, provost of the Brooklyn Campus.

Mr. Ashford and Ms. Simpson are among the most respected and prolific couples in contemporary music. They are perhaps best known for their #1 hit “Solid,” but they also have produced many Gold records and have penned hits for luminaries like Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross. The multitalented duo boasts 31 Billboard singles including six Top 10 hits. And their music remains continually in play. Their songs, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I’m Every Woman” and “You’re All I Need to Get By,” have been covered by artists ranging from Ryan Shaw and Whitney Houston to Method Man and Mary J. Blige. In January 2009, the duo released “Ashford & Simpson: The Real Thing” on CD and DVD. They currently are working on a Broadway-bound musical adaptation of E. Lynn Harris’ novel “Invisible Life” and presently are doing concert dates across the United States.

“Ashford & Simpson’s appearance on our stage would not be possible without the leadership and support of Steven Kumble,” explained Provost Haynes. “His generosity has helped to make the Campus a leader in the transformation of Brooklyn’s cultural landscape, and the theater that bears his name has become an indispensable resource for our community — a jewel in the borough’s cultural crown,” explained Provost Haynes.

The Kumble Theater fosters the artistic exploration of both developing and established artists, and presents a wide array of cutting-edge and traditional programming. Recent offerings have ranged from performances by the Brooklyn Ballet, the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center and artists presented by 651 ARTS to theatrical productions such as “Dreamgirls.

” Impeccably crafted for the dramatic and technical demands of dance, music and theatrical performances, the Theater features finely tuned acoustics; top-of-the-line lighting, projection and other electronic capabilities; and a 40’ x 70’ stage with a “sprung” floor. It is the centerpiece of a performing arts complex that includes a black box theater; dance studios; and a glass-enclosed art gallery.

Ticket Prices are $ 150.00 and $350.00

To purchase tickets contact:

Paola Curcio-Kleinman (516) -299-2402                    paola.curcio-kleinman@liu.edu


Tickets may be purchased by credit or check. Cheacks may be made out to Long Island University/Kumble Event

For more information, please call the Office of Special Events at 516-299-3298.


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Open:   10/30/09
Close:   10/30/09

One night event

October 30,2009

8:00 P.M.

Theater:   Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Address:   1 University Plaza
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Cost:$150.0 and $350.00 or Call: at