For Immediate Release                      Contact:   Deborah Gilleran         or             Tara Strickland
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Stormy Weather on the Horizon for Georgian Court’s Dramatic Series “Biographies from the Court”—Mrs. Gould Welcomes Billie Holiday

Lakewood, N.J., May 18, 2009—Hear Billie Holiday sing the blues for Georgian Court’s Gilded Age matriarch Edith Gould and a few of her closest friends—you—at this unique interactive theatrical performance and elegant tea party.

This spring, the Gould home will be filled with the sultry tones of the jazz songstress known for her heartbreaking life and heartfelt renditions of such classics as “God Bless the Child” and “My Man.” After honing her vocal skills listening to Bessie Smith and Louie Armstrong, Eleanora Fagan changed her name, moved from Baltimore to New York, and began performing with Count Basie and Artie Shaw. “Lady Day,” as she came to be known, wowed audiences and recorded hundreds of songs, mostly her signature ballads. Her talent allowed her to transcend the prejudices of her time.

Holiday’s unique diction and dramatic intensity made her the outstanding jazz singer of her day. Settle in for tea as “Lady Day” visits with Mrs. Gould and her guests in the Mansion at Georgian Court University in Lakewood on the following dates:

Available 11:30 a.m. performances (Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) are on May 30; June 10, 13, 20, 27; July 1 and 11.

Available 3:00 p.m. Sunday performances are on May 31; June 7, 21, 28; and July 12.

The cost is $40 per person and includes performance and tea luncheon. For groups of 20 or more, discount pricing is available. Prepurchase of tickets is required for all performances by calling 732.987.2263 or e-mailing specialevents@georgian.edu. There will be no refunds within 14 days of a performance.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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