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Patti LaBelle at Kennedy Center March 25

3/22/2013, 12:41 p.m.

Legendary recording artist Patti LaBelle will be featured in a benefit concert on March 25 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

LaBelle's illustrious career as a singer, author and actress Patti LaBelle spans more than 50 years. Her performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m., Monday, is being sponsored by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

"We are truly honored by the support of such legendary artists for our students and community," said Rory Pullens, Head of School and CEO of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. "Their willingness to give back their time, resources, and inspiration through this Performance Series provides Duke Ellington students' valuable exposure and customized artistic direction. This is an experience that changes the course of a student's dream."

As the melodic doyen of the legendary 60s quartet, Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, and the retro '70s trio LaBelle, the Philadelphia native's kinetic performances and signature four-octave instrument served as the group's torch. In addition, LaBelle who is a multiple Grammy and American Music Award-winning star, continues to savor one of the longest sustained recording and touring careers in contemporary music.

This event is the latest installment of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts' Performance Series of Legends that has previously featured Dave Chappelle, Denyce Graves, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Smokey Robinson.

Concert tickets priced $50-$175 are on sale at the Kennedy Center Box Office at 202-467-4600 or www.kennedy-center.org.VIP tickets at $500 each, and sponsorship opportunities of $2,500-$100,000, are available through The Ellington Fund at 202-333-2555 or info@ellingtonarts.org.

Please visit http://www.ellingtonschool.org%20for further details or to learn more about the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.