AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20
On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012, Sing for Hope will present AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20 a celebratory concert commemorating the 20th anniversary of the classical music world's first organized response to the AIDS crisis.
Produced in partnership with original Songbook producer Philip Caggiano, the Sing for Hope AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20 album and concert represent a new incarnation of the 1992 landmark arts activist initiative. The performance will reflect the changing face of the disease over the two decades since the work's premiere, and will benefit people living with HIV/AIDS even as it honors the memory of the many who have passed.
Proceeds from AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20 will go to support Sing for Hope's HIV/AIDS outreach, including current programs at The Bailey-Holt House in the Greenwich Village, recently hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The Bailey-Holt House provides independent, supportive housing for men and women living with HIV/AIDS. The nation's first congregate residence for people living with AIDS, Bailey-Holt House opened its doors in 1986 in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood then ravaged by the AIDS epidemic.
Tickets will be on sale at the door.
The AIDS Quilt Songbook was conceived in 1991 by HIV-positive baritone William Parker. "For singers, we are being pretty unvocal about AIDS," said the baritone, who assembled an evening-length collection of art songs about AIDS by many of the most prominent and up-and-coming composers of the day. The work was premiered in New York in 1992 with four of the leading baritones of the day, and many major and rising composers of the day, some making their first major appearance. Several of the songs have gone on to become classics of twentieth-century recital repertoire, including "Walt Whitman in 1989" by Chris DeBlasio and "Fury" by Donald Wheelock.
Inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which featured quilt panels commemorating individuals who had died of AIDS in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Songbook was intended to be an ever-expanding collection of songs that could be performed around the country. Each performance added new songs and subtracted others, but the constant of all performances was that they benefited HIV/AIDS service organizations.
The Great Hall at The Cooper Union (View)
7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003
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