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Richie Havens to Perform at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, April 14, 2003

Former Woodstock artist Richie Havens will perform in Hudson Valley Community College's Maureen Stapleton Theatre on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Hudson Valley students are admitted free with their student I.D. For more information or to order tickets, call 629-4TIX.

From the Greenwich Village area of New York City, Havens has one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. It's a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969 to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993-coming full circle with the 30th Woodstock Anniversary celebration, \"A Day In The Garden\", in 1999.

He benefited from his performance at the Woodstock festival when his album, "Alarm Clock," made the Top 30. He also recorded a Top 20 single titled "Here Comes the Sun."

Havens stopped recording in the late 1970's but returned in 1987 and signed with Sony Music in 1991. His latest album, "Wishing Well," was released in 2002 by Evangeline Records.

The Hudson Valley Peace and Non-Violence Committee will be hosting a food drive in conjunction with the Richie Havens performance. All attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the college's food pantry.

As a preview to Havens' appearance, Hudson Valley will show the Academy Award-winning documentary "Woodstock" on Tuesday, April 29. There will be a performance at noon in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre and at 6 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunication Center's auditorium. Admission is free.

Hudson Valley Community College, located at 80 Vandenburgh Avenue in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.