Classical Action Teams Up With Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA)

March 18 Event at Middle Collegiate Church in NYC’s East Village

Titled “ Moscow Meets Manhattan ,” Program Features Dancer/Choreographer Germaul Barnes, Organist Cameron Carpenter, Flutist Maxim Rubtsov, and Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet

For the first time in their history, Classical Action – Performing Arts Against AIDS and DRA: Dancers Responding to AIDS, both of which are fund-raising programs of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will combine forces in a gala fundraising evening presenting the best of music and dance, on Wednesday, March 18, in the historic Middle Collegiate Church in New York City’s East Village. Aptly titled “Moscow Meets Manhattan,” Bessie Award-winning dancer/choreographer Germaul Barnes, Grammy-nominated organist Cameron Carpenter, flutist Maxim Rubtsov, and the Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet will perform a program of music and dance including works by Ligeti, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Cameron Carpenter himself. This marks the first time that Carpenter, who is resident organist at the landmark church and was recently featured in the New Yorker, has collaborated with Barnes.

Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS was founded in 1993 by Charles Hamlen, and became a fund-raising program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in 1997. The not-for-profit organization draws upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the performing arts community to raise vitally needed funds for HIV/AIDS service, education, and prevention programs across the country. Funds are raised through special events, private house concerts, recording and merchandising projects, individual donations, and foundation and corporate support. In the 15 years since Classical Action opened its fundraising doors, it has raised more than $6 million.

Founded in 1991 by former Paul Taylor dancers Denise Roberts Hurlin and Hernando Cortez, DRA: Dancers Responding to AIDS is also a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre and dance communities, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes and other critical illnesses across the United States . Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $150 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS and other serious illnesses. BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at the Actors Fund, comprising the AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, the Dancers’ Resource, and three supportive housing residences. BC/EFA also awards annual grants to over 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.

Middle Collegiate Church was built on Second Avenue and East Seventh Street in 1892, and is an East Village landmark, and one of the nation’s leading multicultural churches standing firmly for LGBTI equality, including same-sex marriage. Middle Collegiate Church is the oldest of the four Collegiate Churches in New York , organized by the Dutch in 1628. The Collegiate Churches of New York is the oldest corporation in the United States, having received a royal charter from King William III of England in 1696.

    Event Details:

    MOSCOW MEETS MANHATTAN - a unique evening of Music & Dance. Benefiting Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS and DRA: Dancers Responding to AIDS (fundraising programs of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS)

    Featuring:
    Germaul Barnes, dancer/choreographer
    Cameron Carpenter, organist
    Maxim Rubtsov, flutist
    Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 7:30pm
    Middle Collegiate Church
    50 East 7th Street at Second Avenue , New York City

    $75 ($40 tax-deductible) VIP seating & post performance reception with the artists
    $35 General Admission

    To purchase tickets online visit www.classicalaction.org or call (212) 997-7717.

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