Musicians Suzanne Vega, the X-ecutioners, John Zorn, and Joe Jackson are among those who will take part in a Jan. 11 benefit performance, dubbed Arts on a High Wire, at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Proceeds from the event will benefit the New York Arts Recovery Fund, created by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in conjunction with several other arts organizations following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the city.
“The New York Arts Recovery Fund will help restore the vitality of artists and groups who suffered losses due to the tragedy of Sept. 11, by creating a way for the public to channel support to this artistic community.” NYFA executive director Theodore Berger said in a statement. The fund’s primary focus is to help the 200 arts organizations and several thousand artists located below New York’s Canal Street, the area surrounding the former site of the World Trade Center.
Others committed to appear at the Arts on the High Wire are performance artist Laurie Anderson, choreographer Elizabeth Streb, author Paul Auster, humorist Roy Blount Jr., jazz clarinetist Don Byron, poet/musician Jim Carroll, contemporary visual artist Chuck Close, photographer/filmmaker Bruce Davidson, and comic artists Ben Katcher and Art Spiegelman. In addition, Philippe Petit, who in 1974 walked a high wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, will walk a wire in tribute to that event.
Tickets to the event — priced at $15 for balcony seats and $25 floor tickets — are available from the NYFA (212-366-6900 x278 or NYFA.org and the venue’s box office.