Judd, LaBelle, King Join Rainforest Benefit
A host of entertainers have been added to the lineup of next week's Rainforest Foundation benefit concert in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at New York's Carnegie Hall. Set for April 13, the bill for theA host of entertainers have been added to the lineup of next week's Rainforest Foundation benefit concert in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at New York's Carnegie Hall. Set for April 13, the bill for the 11th annual event has grown to include noted rock guitarist Jeff Beck, cellist Han-Na Chang, singer/songwriters Carole King and Rebekah Del Rio, country star Wynonna Judd, R&B icons Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson, vocalist Lulu, sitarist Anoushka Shankar, and jazz/soul vocalist Dr. Nina Simone.
The artists join previously announced Rainforest Foundation benefit regulars Elton John, James Taylor, and foundation co-founder Sting, as well as sitarist Ravi Shankar. Sponsored by Revlon, the event has been deemed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest environmental fundraising event in the world, according to organizers.
Ravi Shankar is expected to perform a piece he has written in memory of the Beatles great George Harrison, one of the two individuals to whom the night is dedicated. "We have titled the evening 'Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth' from George Harrison's timeless lyrics," concert producer Trudie Styler said in a statement. Styler and her husband, Sting, co-founded the Rainforest Foundation in 1989.
The concert is also dedicated to the foundation's late co-chairman Herman S. Sandler, who died as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the former World Trade Center. It's the culmination of Rainforest Awareness Week in New York, when a number of awareness-building and fundraising events will be held throughout the city. For more information, visit the official Rainforest Foundation Web site.
While most of the venue is sold out for the event, a limited number of $600 concert-only tickets are available, along with several $2,500 tickets include a post-show gala and dinner. For ticket information, contact Event Associates at 212-245-6570 or 212-247-7800.