Upstate Benefit Concert

Saturday, November 13, 2021

7 - 10 pm
Landmark Theatre • Syracuse, NY

The Upstate Foundation hosted the Upstate Benefit Concert Nov. 13 at the Landmark Theatre, featuring The Manhattan Transfer, pictured sporting Upstate Strong baseball caps. The group gave an exciting performance to an enthusiastic audience. The safe in-person event was also live streamed for employees and students. Thank you to the many great sponsors, including Nascentia Health, The Hoepner Family, Sutton Real Estate Company, and Upstate University Hospital clinical departments including Radiation Oncology! (See full list of sponsors below.)

Important Benefit Concert update

COVID PROTOCOLS will be in place according to state, county and CDC Covid 19 guidelines, as well as Landmark Theatre policy.

  • Proof of vaccination or proof of negative Covid test
  • Valid ID
  • Benefit Concert ticket
  • Mask

Cocktail attire (NO TUX NEEDED THIS YEAR)!


As a thank you to staff, a live streaming option for Upstate employees and students was available.

Featuring: The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great pop and jazz hits, a legacy that the group has cemented since their first recording 41 years ago. The legendary quartet has been received 10 Grammy Awards of 20 nominations and has been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

They were signed to Atlantic Records and released their self-titled debut in 1975. The second single, a remake of the gospel classic “Operator,” gave the group their first national hit. 1979′s Extensions earned The Transfer another smash with “Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone.” The vocal remake of the classic “Birdland” became recognized as the group’s anthem and earned them their first two Grammy Awards. In 1981, they became the first group ever to win Grammy Awards in both Pop and Jazz categories in the same year – Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Boy From New York City” and Best Jazz Performance Duo or Group for “Until I Met You” (Corner Pocket). The 12 Grammy nominations they received for Vocalese in 1985 made it second to Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the most nominated album in one year ever. They are responsible for 19 singles and 29 albums over their stellar career and their music has been featured in major feature films and television shows.

The group has also recorded with an impressive roster of artists including Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Smokey Robinson, Laura Nyro, Phil Collins, B.B. King, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, and Frankie Valli. With sold-out world tours and worldwide record sales in the millions, The Manhattan Transfer continues to bring unique and extraordinary melodic and jazz infused vocals to new and established audiences that span generations.


The event will support worthwhile initiatives at Upstate Medical University:

  • Upstate Cleft and Craniofacial Center, which provides care for 300 children of all ages each year who are born with a cleft or other craniofacial disorder; and 
  • Upstate Vision Care and Research Centers, whose world-class researchers are investigating treatments for trauma and diseases of the eye.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, call 315-464-4416 for information.

Covid protocols

9/22/2021  Landmark Theatre protocols
Beginning November 1, 2021, the Landmark Theatre will require patrons ages 12 and older to provide evidence they are fully vaccinated or present evidence of a negative result from a COVID test 24 – 72 hours prior to curtain for entry for performances in the auditorium. Mask and health check requirements will remain in place.

Patrons will be required to wear masks at all times while in the facility unless they are eating or drinking. Patrons who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, who have a known exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID within the last ten days (if unvaccinated) or last five days (if vaccinated), or who are currently under isolation orders due to a positive COVID test will not be admitted to the theatre.

For information on Landmark's protocols  click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Protocols will be in place in accordance with state, county and CDC Covid 19 guidelines, as well as Landmark Theatre policy. In addition, the Landmark Theatre has installed a new ventilation system. Please do not attend this event if you are not feeling well or have symptoms, irrespective of your vaccine status. If you have a condition that weakens your immune system or take certain medications, you may need to take extra precautions even if you are fully vaccinated, as instructed by your doctor. The Upstate Foundation encourages you and everyone you love, care for, or care about to be vaccinated.


The Landmark Theatre does not have dedicated parking. Click here for link to the Downtown Committee of Syracuse's parking landing page. This page also offers a downloadable brochure option. 

If parking in a garage or an open lot, be sure to ask what time they close for the evening. (Some close early.)


Thank you Upstate Medical University

  • Office of the President

Upstate University Hospital

Esteemed Benefactor

  • Department of Radiation Oncology

Departments of 

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Opthalmology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Urology