The one-night-only benefit concert is being held at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew in Manhattan. In addition to Clark, Jackson and Williams, the 7 PM performance also boasts the talents of Maureen McGovern, Kelli O'Hara, Everett Bradley, Malcolm Gets, Elizabeth Stanley, Marilyn Torres and opera singer Marvis Martin. Musicians Ted Sperling and Dave Richards are also scheduled to perform.
In a recent statement actress Clark said, "Nearly half a million people have been killed in Darfur over the past three years, and more than two million innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes and are living in displaced person camps in Sudan or refugee camps in neighboring Chad. More than 3.5 million men, women, and children are totally dependent on international aid for their survival, and the water and sanitation projects UMCOR operates in Darfur will provide potable water to hundreds of thousands of people in the region. By joining forces — and hearts — with my friends in the New York theatre community to raise funds for this very important cause, I hope we can help relieve the suffering of people in Darfur and help them begin their healing process."
Rev. Paul Dirdak, former head of The United Methodist Committee on Relief, and Motasim Adam, president of the Darfur People's Association of New York, will be present to discuss the crisis in Darfur and their organizations' efforts to provide humanitarian aid for the people of Darfur. Proceeds from the concert will benefit The United Methodist Committee on Relief and The Darfur People's Association of New York.
Tickets, priced $40 (adults) and $20 (students, seniors and individuals with limited income) are available by calling (212) 362-3179. They will also be available at the door the night of the performance (cash only). Patron tickets, priced $100, include a pre-concert reception with the performers and reserved seating. For more information visit www.songsfordarfur.com.
The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew is located in Manhattan at 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue.