BACK TO THE GARDEN: The Music of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, & Laura Nyro

BACK TO THE GARDEN: The Music of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, & Laura Nyro

The Jerry Barsha Memorial Foundation is proud to announce a fantastic concert event BACK TO THE GARDEN – the songs of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro!!!

cropped-cropped-JBfoundation-bw_smaller1The special thing about this concert is Debra Barsha is coming home to perform!!! She is playing the piano and is the Musical Director for this concert which has been touring all over the country gaining fans everywhere!

From Debra: “My father, Jerry Barsha, used to take off from work, just to drive me down to New York City and knock on publishers’ doors to try to sell my songs.  He was such a fan of these three singer-songwriters, and he knew I was carrying on their tradition.  I am so happy to honor my father in this way and come home to Syracuse to help raise money for our scholarship.”

Back to the Garden celebrates folk-rock trailblazers Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro. Challenged by the traditional images of women in the music industry, they bravely explored territory outside the accepted confines of popular music. These prolific singer-songwriters paved the way for women in music, art and life. Back to the Garden pays tribute to these women, their influence and inspiration. Featuring Melissa Hammans (Company, Smokey Joe’s Cafe), Shaleah Adkisson (Hair, Rent), and Maddy Wyatt (Band of Wyatt).  Directed by Amy Jones (Good Ol’ Girls, Broadway Backwards). Musical Direction by Debra Barsha (Jersey Boys, Radiant Baby).

The concert will be held on Saturday, November 1st at the Onondaga Community College campus from 7-9 pm in the Storer Auditorium. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!!   If you would like to attend, click here to buy a ticket online: (Seats are not assigned. They will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.) You still can buy raffle tickets and there will be great prizes such as Broadway tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants and stores.

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Debra Barsha
Melissa Hammans

Back to the Garden
The Music of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, & Laura Nyro

Saturday, November 1st, 2014, 7:00pm
Storer Auditorium, Syracuse, NY

Reserved Seating: $20 Advance, $15 – Seniors (Ages 62+) and Students (w/ valid High School or College ID). Tickets are available online at:

This is a charitable event and all proceeds are tax-deductible (501c-3) and go towards The Jerry Barsha Memorial Scholarship at Onondaga Community College. 



The JERRY BARSHA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP at Onondaga Community College is an annual scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a career in Electronic Media. Jerry Barsha was passionate about news broadcasting occ-logoand even more passionate about passing down his knowledge and expertise to those who shared this passion. He believed strongly in his community and was a respected figure in Syracuse, spending over 30 years anchoring the news on WSTM and teaching broadcasting classes at Onondaga Community College.  The scholarship has 501c-3 status so all contributions are tax deductible. For more information: