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2017-04-12 / Local News

Kenmore East sets Performing Arts Hall of Fame ceremony

The Kenmore East High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame will induct eight new members as part of its 2017 class at an induction event at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21.

The ceremony, which is free to the public, will take place in the school’s auditorium, at 350 Fries Road.

This will be the fourth group honored by the school and, just like previous inductees, the group spans the full range of artistic endeavors, and all are graduates or educators from the 57-year-old school, according to a prepared statement.

The class includes the late Buffalo music legend Ted Reinhardt, a drummer, and his brother, Tom, a bass guitarist. They will be joined by another musician, pianist Eric Alsford, whose career also includes a role as a conductor and music director.

There will also be three new members from the broadcast media, including Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer Jeanine Hunter, radio personality Jim McGee and award-winning television editor Deborah Moran.

On the theatrical side, there are producer and director Carin Zakes and renowned poet Molly Peacock, the star of a one-woman show.

Thirty local and national stars from the fields of music, theater and film were previously chosen for this award over the past six years. The biographies of these individuals cover the gamut of different entertainment fields.

These include a costume mistress who managed the Metropolitan Opera and “Saturday Night Live”; a film producer of such hits as “A Single Man” and “The Golden Compass”; the special-effects genius behind “Avatar”; and the conductor of the U.S. Army Field Band.

On the dramatic side, inductees represent the Broadway stage, television, movies and radio. Comedic twins Paul and Peter Vogt, musical theater stars Corinne Melancon and Brian Charles Johnson, and radio personality Tom Bauerle are represented on the Kenmore East wall.

Musically, the range of talent includes Billy Sheehan and Dave Constantino, members of the rock band “Talas,” a jazz musician and a professional drummer, songwriters and composers, and the makings of an incredible brass section, according to the statement.

For more information on the Hall of Fame, induction ceremony or the new members, contact ke_ alumni@ktufsd.org or call 874-8402.

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