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Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS Announces 2014-15 Michael Palm Series: Yuja Wang, Luca Pisaroni, and Susan Graham

Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS launches its 2014-15 Michael Palm Series of house concerts in New York City on Tuesday, December 9, with an intimate performance by pianist Yuja Wang, winner of the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award, who has been credited with “a practically superhuman keyboard technique with artistic eloquence that is second to none” (San Francisco Chronicle). Held at the magnificent Tribeca loft of Simon Yates and Kevin Roon, the event begins at 6:30pm with wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by the concert at 7:30pm. The Michael Palm Series of benefit concerts continues on February 19 with a house recital by bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, “one of the Metropolitan Opera’s most dependably exciting performers” (Time Out New York), accompanied by Craig Terry, and the series concludes with a special performance by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, accompanied by Malcolm Martineau, on April 2. This marks the first Classical Action recital since 2002 for Graham – the winner of a Grammy, an Opera News Award, and Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year – who has been hailed by Gramophone magazine as “America’s favorite mezzo.” Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 212-997-7717.

The Michael Palm Series, now in its eleventh season, is a series of intimate house concerts featuring some of the world’s most celebrated opera, classical, and jazz artists, who generously agree to donate their time and talent in support of Classical Action. The series is underwritten by the Michael Palm Foundation, and Palm was a generous, enthusiastic supporter of Classical Action. It was he, more than any other, who spearheaded the concept of private benefit house concerts, hosting several of them himself at his penthouse apartment 37 floors above Lincoln Center. The supporter of a wide range of performing arts and HIV/AIDS organizations, he died in 1998, but his memory lives on in the Michael Palm Series to benefit Classical Action.

About Classical Action
Founded in 1993, Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS draws upon the talents, resources and generosity of the classical, opera, and jazz communities to raise money for those battling HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. Classical Action helps provide access to life-saving medications, health care, counseling, nutritious meals, and emergency financial assistance for men, women, and children across the country. As a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Classical Action helps fund more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide as well as essential Actors Fund social service programs, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative. More information about Classical Action’s history and mission are available at the organization’s web site:

Classical Action: 2014-15 Michael Palm Series

At the home of Simon Yates & Kevin Roon, New York City
Tickets are $350 ($275 tax-deductible)

Tues, Dec 9
Yuja Wang, piano

Thurs, Feb 19
Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone
With Craig Terry, piano

Thurs, April 2
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
With Malcolm Martineau, piano

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 © 21C Media Group, November 2014

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