Nelson singer presents fundraiser for his music education

Journey On: Kozmo Sammartino and Friends in Concert will feature selections from musical theatre

A young Nelson performer will present a fundraising concert this week to help him attend school to study what he loves — musical theatre.

In September, Kozmo Sammartino, 21, will begin a three-year program in musical theatre at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ont.

He tried going to UBC to study engineering after he graduated from LVR, but it didn’t work out.

“It was a very unenjoyable scenario and it led to a lot of problems for me, and it tore me away from what I love to do: music. It might have been a more practical career, but would not be right for me.”

Sammartino is known as a singer and actor in Nelson, having performed leading and supporting roles in several Capitol Theatre summer youth programs and in other productions. He’s also sung for many years in Allison Girvan’s Corazón vocal ensemble, often as a soloist.

Joining him on the stage will be singers Gillian Wiley and Angela LaCroix, both former members of Corazón, and Sammartino’s younger brother Marot, a current Corazón member. They will be accompanied on piano by Darren Fus.

The group will perform a variety of musical theatre material.

The concert takes place at St. Saviour’s Anglican church, 701 Ward St. at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available at Cowan’s Office Supplies.

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