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New York's "Singing Policeman" to Perform at NSU in His Only Oklahoma Appearance

TAHLEQUAH, OK - Daniel Rodriguez, New York City’s “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 University’s 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 "You’ll 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 Letters.

“Daniel Rodriguez is part of America’s healing process. He sings to soothe our souls,” Robinson said. “Right now he is in the beginning stages of being discovered as one of America’s 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 America’s 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 a Ticket Order Form and mail your order to the College of Arts & Letters.


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