Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 10 with a benefit concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music that includes an eclectic lineup of artists.
The evening, to be hosted by Broadway's Nathan Lane and Madeline Kahn, includes performances by violinst Johsua Bell, pianist Fred Hersch, dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones -- who will present the world premiere of a new work -- bassist Edgar Meyer, pianist Ursula Oppens, clarinetist David Shifrin, the Orion String Quartet, the sendup troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and the soprano Dawn Upshaw -- who has been receiving rave reviews for her Anne Trulove in the Metropolitan Opera production of The Rake's Progress and for her recent CDs of Broadway songs.
The benefit will also officially serve to mark a new collaboration between Classical Action and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. BC/EFA is the nation's largest industry-based AIDS organization; during the past decade it has provided nearly $25 million in direct financial assistance to more than 350 AIDS organizations throughout the U.S.
"I have been a supporter of Classical Action since its inception," said Upshaw in a recent interview. "It's great to have an organization that represents the performing arts world in the fight against AIDS, especially one that allows us to use our talents in helping to raise funds."
For tickets, which range from $50-$500, call Classical Action at (212) 997-7717. -- By Rebecca Paller