Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS continues its 2013-14 Michael Palm Series of benefit house concerts in New York City with an intimate performance by rising-star soprano Angela Meade tonight, December 12. The event - held at the magnificent TriBeCa loft of Simon Yates and Kevin Roon - begins with wine and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m.
Recipient of the Richard Tucker Award and the Beverly Sills Award, Meade has appeared regularly at the Metropolitan Opera since her professional debut in 2008. Last month she wowed critics and audiences in her first Met performances in the title role of Bellini's Norma. She was paired in that production with fellow Met National Council Auditions winner Jamie Barton, causing "some old-school pandemonium in the house" (New Yorker critic Alex Ross), and moving the New York Times to proclaim "they are a duo that every opera lover should hear." In December Meade will make her role debut as Alice Ford in a new-to-the-Met production of Falstaff, conducted by James Levine. Two days after her Classical Action recital, her performance in Falstaff will be beamed to movie theaters worldwide in the Met: Live in HD series.
Tickets for her Classical Action benefit performance on December 12 can be purchased online at classicalaction.org or by calling 212-997-7717.
The Michael Palm Series, now in its 10th season, is a series of intimate house concerts featuring some of the world's most acclaimed 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. Palm was a generous, enthusiastic supporter of Classical Action, and was also, more than anyone, the person who spearheaded the concept of private benefit house concerts, hosting several of them himself at his penthouse apartment 37 floors above Lincoln Center. A supporter of a wide range of performing arts and HIV/AIDS organizations, Michael died in 1998, but his memory lives in the Michael Palm Series to benefit Classical Action.
The next event in the Michael Palm Series will feature superstar violinist Joshua Bell with pianist Sam Haywood, on February 3.
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 to 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 the essential social service programs of The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative. Learn more about the history of Classical Action and our mission.