Rob Mathes Show to Feature Appearances by Sting, Vanessa Williams

The Schimmel Center, the 655-seat theater in Lower Manhattan that is operated by Pace University, is known for its diverse programming, not as a venue for rock stars. But Sting is scheduled to make a special appearance there on Dec. 16 as he joins the annual holiday concert by Rob Mathes and his band.

Mr. Mathes, a record producer, composer and performer, has been staging his funky holiday-themed concerts for 25 years and is old friends with Sting, with whom he previously collaborated on “The Last Ship,” Sting’s musical about the decline of the shipbuilding industry in northeastern England. The musical ran on Broadway from September 2014 to January 2015 and opens in February in Toronto, with Sting in the cast. Mr. Mathes was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for that show’s orchestrations.

Vanessa Williams, the actress and singer, is also set to make a special appearance at Mr. Mathes’s show to perform a few songs in a program of original music and holiday classics.

Mr. Mathes is scheduled to bring his holiday show to the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College on Dec. 14 and 15.

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