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Mar 07, 2017

Freeholder Director Lillian Burry Named to Count Basie Board

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry has accepted an invitation to join the Basie Board of the historic Count Basie Theatre, Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

The Count Basie Theatre is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide a broad spectrum of quality entertainment and educational programs reflecting the diversity of the region, foster understanding and appreciation for the ennobling power of performing arts, create opportunity for cultural enrichment at all economic levels, and honor the memory of Red Bank native and renowned jazz pianist William James “Count” Basie.

Ms. Burry was elected to the board as a special meeting to fill a vacancy which expires in June, 2018. The board’s annual elections and meeting are held in May.

In accepting the invitation to serve on the board, the director said, “We live in a world that seems increasingly fragmented and polarized and people sometimes have trouble finding any common ground. That’s what makes the mission of the Count Basie all the more important now. It is through our common culture that bridges can be built, connecting people across generational and ideological divides. The arts have the capacity to resonate with people on a nonverbal level. It is that shared vibration – whether from a rock guitar solo, a full symphonic orchestra, or a gifted jazz quartet – that music has the unique capacity to touch the human spirit. More than ever, we need places for people to come together to share in this common experience and remember that we are, on the most fundamental level, one community with a great shared heritage that we can celebrate every day. This is an essential mission and one that I am both proud and grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of and help to carry forward.”

CEO and President of the Count Basie Theatre Adam Philipson said, “Because of your relationship with the arts and as the Director of the Monmouth County Freeholders, we are looking forward to working closer together. We truly appreciate the support we have received from all of the freeholders.”