Dec 10, 2013 Farah Jadran Uncategorized
Right here in Central New York, talent is being born and it’s growing.
To further grow any natural ability, one must take added measures to enhance their extraordinary talents. However, more dance training, voice lessons, new instruments or any other tool to further knowledge of performing arts comes with a cost.
The newly founded Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent is helping students in the performing arts reach their full potential with support for lessons, instruments and other opportunities.
To further the fund’s mission, a fundraising event, “Extraordinary Live,” will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse.
The performances include some of CNY’s most talented high school singers, musicians and dancers.
Tickets are on sale now for $10 and can be purchased in advanced by calling 475-7980 and also will be available at the door the day of the event.
Skaneateles High School sophomore Samuel W. Smith will perform during the Dec. 8 “Extraordinary Live” event at the Landmark Theatre.
Smith started playing jazz bass when he was in third grade. However, he had no idea it was going to become something he would excel at in life.
“When I made Middle School All-County Jazz Band (in seventh grade), I knew then that I had potential because only one bass player was picked from everyone who tried out,” Smith said. “I wanted to take advantage of my potential and become a better player.”
Now, Smith finds himself filling his time playing bass instead of doing things like watching TV or playing video games.
“When I am asked to play in a gig, paid or not paid, I agree to do it because I just love playing my bass,” he said.
Smith says he enjoys watching other bassists and taking in the music as inspiration for his own performances. Also, seeing the way band members collaborate and how they enjoy playing together makes Smith appreciate the art of music.
Even if students are only trying a performing art while in school, Smith says he sees a great importance in it for future youth.
“Playing a musical instrument, singing, dancing, and creating art engages a lot of parts of the brain,” Smith said. “It helps develop parts of the brain that students use for academics.
Smith’s mother is a music therapist and she has shown him research results that prove music can help kids achieve in school and life.
Smith is looking forward to performing at “Extraordinary Live” for the Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent.
Being interviewed by Lazarus for her TV show, “Extraordinary,” has made Smith appreciate the talent he was given. Because he has had private instruction to enhance his bass skills, Smith hopes more kids will receive the same opportunities, thanks to Lazarus’ effort.
“I am glad Carrie Lazarus has included me in her Fund because it has shown me more extensively how fortunate I am to have a community and family who support the arts,” Smith said.
“It has also made me realize that there are students in the Central New York area who are very talented and do not have the same environment that I am very blessed to have.”
Farah F. Jadran is the editor of Syracuse Woman Magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.