Award-winning vocalist, Nnenna Freelon, is set to perform her uniquely refreshing interpretation of classic jazz standards Sept. 7 at the Music Center at Strathmore as a benefit for Bowie State University. Proceeds from the 7:30 p.m. concert will support university scholarships.

Freelon is a six-time Grammy award-nominee and has been named the ‘international voice of jazz.’ Her rhythmically infectious performances make a personal statement with each song, engaging audiences with creative surprises in familiar jazz standards.

Freelon has shared the stage or recordings with artists as varied as Jessye Norman, Herbie Hancock and Aretha Franklin. She has been featured in the film “What Women Want,” the hit television series “Mad Men,” and has performed at dozens of music festivals, events and award shows as well as at the White House. Freelon’s seventh Concord Records album, “Homefree,” was released in 2010.

The concert will enhance Bowie State University’s scholarship fundraising efforts, a priority in its ongoing $15 million campaign. Tickets range from $20 to $40 and are available through  or by phone at 301-581-5100.

“As we continue to combat a slumping economy and rising tuition costs, we are making every effort to increase scholarship funds for our students,” said Richard Lucas, vice president of institutional advancement at Bowie State. “With the Nnenna Freelon concert, we offer an opportunity for our alumni, friends and the larger community to enjoy a gifted performer while supporting expanded opportunity for our youth.”

The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md., 20852.

Article Referenced from Bowie State