The day before friends Sting and Paul Simon bring their "On Stage Together" tour to Verizon Center, they'll perform double-duty as arts patrons for Duke Ellington School for the Arts.
They're the latest in the list of high-profile artists -- Dave Chappelle! Stevie Wonder! Patti LaBelle! -- who have stepped up to perform fundraising shows for the D.C. performing arts high school. Sting and Simon, who are set to embark on a tour performing each other's classic songs, added the school benefit date March 12 at the Music Center at Strathmore. And they're promising one extra-famous guest.
Sting was recruited for the series in part by Charles Augins, chair of the Duke Ellington dance department, who happened to teach dance to a young Sting in London decades ago. Tickets are $250 to $750; VIP tickets are $1,000 and can be purchased through Strathmore's box office.
This year, Duke Ellington is in the midst of marking its milestone 40th anniversary and is set to embark on a major, $80 million renovation of its grand campus near Georgetown. The Sting-Simon concert will be the seventh in the Performance Series of Legends fundraising shows for the school's academic programming.