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    Austin-based, music nonprofit Swan Songs announces the 2019 Swan Songs Serenade to take place Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 at The Four Seasons located at 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas 78701. This event will take place from 6 - 10 p.m. and is the nonprofit’s annual signature fundraiser featuring a seated dinner, a live and silent auction, VIP sponsor reception and this year, a live performance by American blues singer and pianist and Austin City Limits Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Marcia Ball. Swan Songs is also proud to announce that the 2019 Swan Songs Serenade will be sponsored by KUTX and host Jody Denberg will emcee the evening. Event Chairs this year are Marji and Craig Calvert. Individual tickets for the event are $150 each and will go on sale Aug. 20, 2019; to purchase tickets and for up-to-date information on sponsorship opportunities, auction items and more, please see www.swansongs.org.

    Swan Songs works with individuals who are terminally ill or nearing the end of life to bring comfort, joy and a respite from illness through music by organizing personalized concerts during this emotional and difficult time. The organization’s core program is the fulfillment of musical last wishes. Swan Songs fulfills recipients’ requests for a certain style of music or a specific musician to perform for them and their loved ones in a very intimate concert setting. The concerts are 30-40 minutes in length, are typically unplugged and provide an opportunity for a gathering with a focus on the music instead of the illness. These experiences are offered with no charge to the patient or family. Swan Songs recognizes that the talent and expertise of the participating musicians are an invaluable part of their success and, therefore, musicians are offered an honorarium for their time. In this way, Swan Songs fulfills its secondary mission – to support the health of the Austin area music community.

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