New York's "Singing Policeman" to Perform at
NSU in His Only Oklahoma Appearance
TAHLEQUAH, OK - Daniel Rodriguez, New York Citys Singing
Policeman, provided comfort to Americans last September with his
heartwarming rendition of the national anthem during a televised memorial
service at Yankee Stadium. Now Oklahomans will have a unique opportunity
to hear Rodriguez exquisite tenor voice in concert at Northeastern
State Universitys Center for the Performing Arts in Tahlequah on
Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
This special Veterans Day commemoration will feature
inspirational songs from Rodriguez debut album, Spirit of
America, including "God Bless America," "America
the Beautiful," and "Youll Never Walk Alone."
We are thrilled to have a performer of such extraordinary
natural talent visit our campus on a special occasion like Veterans
Day, said NSU President Larry Williams. He is living proof
that out of great tragedy come great blessings.
Rodriguez Tahlequah concert will be his only Oklahoma
appearance during his promotional tour, said Dr. Kathryn Robinson, Dean
of the NSU College of Arts and
Daniel Rodriguez is part of Americas healing
process. He sings to soothe our souls, Robinson said. Right
now he is in the beginning stages of being discovered as one of Americas
great talents, and we have a rare opportunity to experience firsthand
his marvelous gift of voice.
For Americans, Rodriguez and the heroic sound of his voice
have become powerful symbols of Americas strength. Compared to the
great tenors Mario Lanza and Caruso, Rodriguez croons with equal ease
in four languages: English, Spanish, Italian, and Latin.
This seven-year veteran of the New York Police Department
earned public recognition before the September 11 attacks as the designated
singer for the NYPD. After the terrorist attacks, he was assigned to Ground
Zero for ten days and then sang at numerous funerals and commemorative
ceremonies throughout New York.
His rapid rise to fame began with appearances on "Late
Night With David Letterman," "Good Morning America," and
"Live With Regis and Kelly." His performance on HBO brought
him to the attention of Tom Scott, Emmy Awards musical director, who phoned
him ten days after the attack asking him to perform at the upcoming ceremony.
Although the Emmys were ultimately postponed when the U.S. bombed Afghanistan,
Scott approached Rodriguez about producing a record. Together they recorded
"God Bless America," releasing it on Dec. 11, 2001 as a single
with proceeds earmarked for the Twin Towers Fund. His debut album followed
in February, and he was a featured performer at the Winter Olympics and
at the White House in March.
This special Veterans Day performance is the perfect
entertainment opportunity to capture the patriotic spirit of America in
song. Members of the military and veterans, those in law enforcement,
and firefighters will find this evening particularly inspirational, as
will patriotic Americans of all ages and walks of life.
Tickets for the Daniel Rodriguez concert at NSU are priced
at $25, $35, and $50. To make reservations or for more information, call
the College of Arts & Letters at 918-458-2090. You can also download
Order Form and mail your order to the College of Arts & Letters.