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Enhance the lives of extraordinary talent in Skaneateles, CNY

Benefit for performing arts students set for Dec. 8

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 student to perform

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Sam Smith

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.

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