2018 Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival

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For 20 years, the Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival has brought a plethora of amazing artists to the city of Newport News. To mark this monumental milestone in honoring the legacy of the “First Lady of Song,” Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is proud to present two unforgettable concerts with iconic figures in jazz music.

On Friday, April 20, the Ella Fitzgerald Theater serves as the venue for an amazing night with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jane Monheit. Drawing inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald herself, you can hear the emotion in Jane’s soul-stirring voice.

On Friday, April 27, for legendary Grammy and Tony Award winning singer and actress Jennifer Holliday. Best known for her unmatched portrayal as Effie White in the first Broadway production of Dreamgirls in 1981, she sang her way into the hearts of millions with her iconic performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”.

Downing-Gross is offering a special combo pack to see both shows for a discounted price. The combo pack is only available when purchased over the phone at 757-247-8950 or in-person at the box office. It cannot be purchased online. Tickets to each individual show can be purchased online, at the box office, or in-person.

source: City of Newport News