Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - In the back row of the Landmark Theatre, last minute visitors slipped into their seats just in time to hear Julia Goodwin deliver a performance normally associated with an experienced vocalist, twice her age.
Goodwin opened the inaugural show for Extraordinary Live!, a performing arts benefit for The Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent.
The box office was still selling $10 tickets when the curtain was scheduled to rise. A representative from the Landmark Theatre said about 1,300 tickets were claimed.
Proceeds will be used to give talented local teenagers more access to advanced training and instruments that their families may not be able to afford.
Along with Goodwin, Extraordinary Live! featured dancer Tevin Johnson in a breathtaking solo set to "Schindler's List" by John Williams. Johnson attends Manlius Pebble Hill School. He was awarded a full scholarship to The Alvin Ailey School Summer Intensive in New York City.
Violinist Caroline Charles, a high honor roll student at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, closed out the first half of the program with three performances, including Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik".
Following a brief intermission, Lazarus greeted the audience with the William Gorman Combo. Gorman is a junior at Nottingham High School in Syracuse. A pianist and vocalist, Gorman was hired to play with the Stan Colella All-Star Band.
Act V belonged to Nick Ziobro, a 17 year old Manlius native. Ziobro's first album is expected to be released soon. It was produced by Michael Feinstein, who allowed Ziobro to open for him at Loews Regency last year.
A committee of music professionals will review applications to award funds raised at the show. Students must show exceptional talent, financial need, and character.
Central New Yorkers can donate or apply online at CNYCF.org/Extraordinary.
Portions of the live show will be broadcast on Newschannel 9 at 8 p.m. On December 20th.