Danville Mayor Mike Perros gives key to the city to Matthew Whitaker

Published 5:30 pm Monday, February 21, 2022

Jazz musician Matthew Whitaker performed at Weisiger Theatre at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts on Feb. 12. Danville Mayor Mike Perros gifted Whitaker a key to the city after the performance.

“Performing at the Norton Center for the Arts was such a wonderful experience,” Whitaker said. “The venue and everyone there is great. The band and I enjoyed performing for such a warm audience.”

Whitaker, 20, has been featured on TV programs such as “60 Minutes” and “The Today Show,” and wowed a near-capacity crowd in Weisiger Theatre.

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“I was so surprised when I was presented with the key to the city by Mayor Mike Perros,” Whitaker said. “It is such an honor to have received it. It’s something I never expected, and it made the night even more special. I will never forget it!”