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Harris-Stowe Partners with Pea-Stain Productions to Host Concert

Harris-Stowe State University’s Don and Heide Wolff Jazz Institute, in collaboration with Pea-Stain Productions, presents the 7th annual Distinguished Gents concert on November 9, 2013, at the HSSU Emerson Performing Arts Center, at 2 pm. The theme for this year’s event is “The Journey Home,” and celebrates the late David Peaston’s tenure as a proud graduate from Harris-Stowe State University.

The evening performance will feature jazz, blues, gospel, classical, R&B, dance and an ensemble from the Harris-Stowe Concert Chorale. To commemorate Peaston’s contribution to the music industry and for his years of community service, Pea-Stain productions will present the “David Peaston Scholarship for the Arts” to an HSSU student the night of the concert.

The performance is a collection of songs that highlights the exquisite vocals of four male artists: Jermaine Smith, Leslie Johnson, Damon DaBarge and Austin Layne, with special guest Jan Strickland. These vocalists focus on exploring the many facets within the world of men and how they manage to successfully cope with the complexities of life.

David Peaston, who was a native of St. Louis, was an R&B and gospel singer who won a Soul Train Music Award in 1990. He was mostly known for the singles, “Two Wrongs Don’t Make it Right” and “Can I?”

Tickets for the event are $25 and will be available at Harris-Stowe State University, Transformation Christian Bookstore, 4071 Page, and the Pea-Stain Production website at www.peastainproduction.org.

Harris-Stowe State University, located in midtown St. Louis, is a four-year institution that offers 15 degree programs in the areas of Accounting, Business Administration, Biology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Health Care Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Information Sciences and Computer Technology, Mathematics, Middle School Education, Educational Studies, Professional Interdisciplinary Studies, Secondary Education and Urban Affairs. Ranked by U.S. News as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Midwest, the university, which has been in existence for more than 150 years, offers the most affordable bachelor’s degree in the state of Missouri. HSSU is home of the Don and Heide Wolff Jazz Institute.