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Media Advisory: Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary Performs Benefit Concert at UAlbany
Concert will commemorate 30th anniversary of the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies' Christopher DeCormier Scholarship

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 6, 2008)

The University at Albany's Institute for Mesoamerican Studies will host a benefit concert "A Folk Song Celebration," featuring Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary and the vocal ensemble group, Counterpoint. All proceeds from the concert will go directly to a student fieldwork grant program, the Christopher DeCormier Memorial Scholarship Fund, which sends UAlbany students to Mexico and Central America each year to perform their own anthropological, archaeological, or linguistic research.

Saturday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. 
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Page Hall Auditorium, Downtown Campus
135 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203

The Christopher DeCormier Memorial Scholarship, administered by UAlbany's Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, is awarded each year to one or more students for research on Mesoamerica. Chris DeCormier, a UAlbany anthropology student in the 1970s, carried out independent fieldwork on Mayan language and culture in Guatemala, and assisted in advising the American Embassy in Guatemala on how to provide aid to the Mayas at the time of the tragic earthquake of 1976. His promising academic and personal life was cut short due to cancer in November 1977 and his parents, Louise and Robert DeCormier, subsequently created the scholarship. Robert DeCormier is the music director of Peter, Paul and Mary, as well as the vocal ensemble group, Counterpoint.

Peter Yarrow is an American singer who found fame with the 1960s folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary. He co-wrote (with Leonard Lipton) the group's most famous song, "Puff, the Magic Dragon."

Concert tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

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