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ITHACA, NY — Stearns Matthews, a Mac and Bistro Award-winning vocalist, will perform – one night only – on Monday, June 13 at 6:00 pm for ithaca Free concerts (iFc) at the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online:

Stearns has appeared at NYC’s Town Hall, Feinstein’s/54 Below, and the Metropolitan Room.  His debut album “SPARK” was released in November 2014 and swept the cabaret awards in 2015, winning the Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording as well as the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC)’s Lamott/Friedman Award for Best Recording.  In addition Stearns won the MAC Award in 2015 for Best Male Vocalist.

“We’re thrilled to bring someone of Stearns caliber to Ithaca for our benefit,” stated Zachary Sweet, artistic director of iFc.  “This past year has been an amazing year of growth for us – we were officially granted non-profit status, and our concerts continue to attract world-class musicians who are willing to share their talents with the Ithaca community for free!

This benefit will help us be able to continue to attract those musicians and provide them with modest honorariums.  Music has always been part of who I am, and it’s the reason why I started iFc.  I wanted to give back, and encourage young people to find the beauty in all forms of music.” 

All proceeds from the benefit concert will go to Ithaca Free Concerts (iFc), a non-profit in Ithaca, NY.  iFc puts together major works that are rarely heard in a live setting and combines these with less familiar compositions of living composers.

The concerts are always free, open to the public, and are designed to be accessible to children of all ages.  In existence since 2009, iFc has grown into an important part of the Ithaca cultural community.

Michael Smith

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