Maggie Cole and Harriet Walter to Be Part of Violet Reading

News   Maggie Cole and Harriet Walter to Be Part of Violet Reading A reading of Violet, a Dramatization in Words and Music of the Life of Violet Gordon Woodhouse will be presented Feb. 20 to benefit Classical Action, a fundraising program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The 1 PM reading at a private dwelling in Tribeca will boast the talents of Tony Award nominee Harriet Walter, actor Guy Paul and harpsichordist Maggie Cole.

Violet is adapted from the book by Jessica Douglas-Home. Woodhouse's story, according to press notes, is told in "narration and letters, offset by music by Bach, Scarlatti, Couperin, Mozart, Rameau and Purcell."

The afternoon will begin with brunch at noon.

Violet Gordon Woodhouse (1872-1948) was "one of the 20th century's most gifted musicians. She became the English 'Landowska' in her passionate and compelling desire to understand and bring back to light the particular beauty of the harpsichord. Her salon was a magnet to many of the most important artists of her age – Picasso, Diaghilev, Rodin, T.E. Lawrence, Bartok, Wilfred Owen and Vaughan Williams. A fear of convention and a searching nature led her to share her life with four very different men. "

To purchase tickets, price $75, visit www.classicalaction.org or contact Classical Action at (212) 997-7717. *

Classical Action, a fundraising program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, focuses on "the idea of bringing the performing arts community into this cause of HIV/AIDS by presenting a variety of opportunities to offer their time and talent in support of people with AIDS and HIV around the country."

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