D.C. Students to Perform with Smokey Robinson

2/27/2012, 3:33 p.m.

Legendary R&B singer Smokey Robinson will be the guest artist for this year's Duke Ellington School of the Arts' concert series benefit. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to this concert, which will offer a national platform to promote the value of the arts, D.C.'s own Duke Ellington School of the Arts students will be performing with Robinson.

As a D. C. public school, much attention will be placed on the value of public education and the importance of using the arts as a vehicle for reaching urban youth who might not otherwise graduate from high school.

Ellington, which accepts talented youth from every ward in the city without regard to academic grades, boasts a graduation rate of 98 percent and a college acceptance rate of 95 percent.

For ticket information, contact the Kennedy Center Box Office at 202-467-4600 or at kennedy-center.org.