Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert in Support of Best Buddies New York on October 6th -- Tickets Now On Sale

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Renowned Pianist, Elaine Kwon, joined by Enrique Pina, Tenor, Demetrius Spaneas, Saxophonist, Catherine Eaton, Actor, Jessica Sibelman, Conductor, Bryan Delaney, Playwright, and The New York Chamber Virtuosi lend their talents.

Tickets are now on sale for the Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert to support Best Buddies New York on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. With world renowned pianist, Elaine Kwon, as Creative Director and concert’s headliner, the evening features a cocktail reception, followed by the concert performance. Also featured is a live auction of the “Drop of Hope” necklace custom-made exclusively for Best Buddies New York by internationally known artist and jeweler Alex Soldier. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Best Buddies New York, a non-profit that offers opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Featured performers for the evening include Enrique Pina, Tenor; Demetrius Spaneas, Saxophonist and Conductor; Catherine Eaton, Actor; Jessica Sibelman, Conductor and The New York Chamber Virtuosi. Additionally, playwright Bryan Delaney has written a comedic play for the event to tie in the theme of the evening.

"I truly feel fortunate to contribute to Best Buddies’ heartfelt and practical mission by doing what I love - performing on piano. Music has been a lifelong commitment and a source of joy and friendships for me. Best Buddies helps pair those with intellectual and developmental disabilities with friends and jobs. This concert will be a special evening where music will celebrate this theme of friendship and involvement,” says Creative Director and featured performer Elaine Kwon. She went on to say, “The concert highlights the dynamic of the individual (solo piano, solo saxophone), the pair (duo with singer, actors), and ultimately the individual with community (solo piano with chamber orchestra). Threaded between the musical pieces, a short, comedic play will unfold, as 2 actors explore music, relationships, and love. In the course of preparing this program, I’m tremendously inspired as I work with others who share a commitment to the arts and to creating opportunities for the participants of Best Buddies programs."

Tickets prices range from $50-$500 per person. Those at $250 include the pre-concert cocktail reception, and at $500 also include a post-concert dessert reception with the performers. Tickets are on sale now at Best Buddies New York by calling (631) 390-0700 or (646) 964-4661 as well as at Carnegie Charge (212) 247-7800 or http://www.carnegiehall.org.

About Best Buddies
Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,400 college, high school and middle school campuses across the country and internationally. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States. Best Buddies has accredited international programs on six continents with additional country programs under active development. For more information, please visit http://www.bestbuddiesnewyork.org.

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