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Concert raises $50,000 for downtown MOSART

Posted 11/10/22

Singer, recording artist and Beatlemania Broadway legend Tony Kishman performed at the Capitol Theatre for a benefit concert that raised close to $50,000 for the Project Fibonacci Foundation.

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Concert raises $50,000 for downtown MOSART

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ROME — Singer, recording artist and Beatlemania Broadway legend Tony Kishman performed at the Capitol Theatre on Oct. 22 for a benefit concert that raised close to $50,000 for the Project Fibonacci Foundation.

Project Fibonacci Foundation Chairman Andrew Drozd said the money was raised through a combination of corporate and organizational sponsorships, private donations, ticket sales, and in-kind contributions on behalf of the concert event.

The net surplus raised will be used to support the Foundation’s MOSART (Multiversity of Science, Art and Technology) project in downtown Rome. Almost $15,000 was raised in ticket sales alone.

The foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to STEM plus Arts (STEAM) leadership education with an entrepreneurial focus to grow the local STEM workforce.

Kishman is the creator and band leader of “Live And Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to Paul McCartney,” the name of the benefit concert — a multimedia experience celebrating McCartney’s music accompanied by a host of veteran musicians from the local area, New York City, New Jersey, Arizona, California and Texas, with the backing of a 12-piece orchestra.

Kishman starred for six years in both the original national
and international tours of
Broadway’s smash hit musical, “Beatlemania” during the 1980s and also performs in the International Symphonic Beatles production, “Classical Mystery Tour.” He and the Live And Let Die ensemble covered popular tunes spanning McCartney’s music from his early days with the Beatles, Wings, and later in his solo career under the Paul McCartney Band.

The event was sponsored by Aetna Medicare Solutions, ANDRO Computational Solutions LLC, Assured Information Security Inc., D’Arcangelo & Co. LLP, Hazen B Hinman Sr. Foundation, Key Bank, Nascentia Health, Rapke Law Firm, and Worthington Industries with additional support from Arnold Group, Bond Schoeneck & King Attorneys, Community Bank, C&S Companies and Entertainment Services, which also provided lighting and sound for the show.

Due to popular demand in recent weeks since the concert event, the foundation is looking to schedule an encore performance during the spring or summer of 2023.

“We are so fortunate to have a talent like Tony Kishman in our own back yard performing world-class shows all over the planet,” Drozd said.

“But an avalanche of thanks is due to everyone who came out during a perfect evening for a wonderful nostalgic experience, giving our foundation a big boost,” Drozd added.

Drozd noted that Kishman is a former Roman and currently resides in Cicero.

For information on tax-deductible donations and fundraising opportunities, contact adrozd@projectfibonacci.org or send inquiries to the Project Fibonacci® Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 424, Rome, N.Y. 13442-0424.

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