Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation to Benefit from the Star-Studded Concert, Music of Hope, on November 16, 2013

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Stars to Lend Voices for Autism Awareness at Carnegie Hall

Forte, the new sensational classical-crossover group from America’s Got Talent, will be featured along with Tim Janis, versatile opera-to-pop tenor Nathan Pacheco and YouTube star Nick Pitera.

Renowned two-time #1 billboard-charting artist Tim Janis brings together some of today’s most sensational artists to celebrate and spread awareness of the intellectual capabilities of those with autism on Saturday, November 16th, at Carnegie Hall. Proceeds from the upcoming Music of Hope concert will benefit Kate Winslet’s rising nonprofit organization, the Golden Hat Foundation.

Forte, the new sensational classical-crossover group from America’s Got Talent, will be featured along with versatile opera-to-pop tenor Nathan Pacheco and YouTube star Nick Pitera, Other special guests include the popular Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Amy Petty, a 200-voice choir, and The Montclair State University Orchestra, directed by Ken Lam.

With their unique and compelling talent, these phenomenal performers have inspired and attracted enthusiastic listeners worldwide. Musical Director Tim Janis says, “I wanted to bring in some of today’s most popular artists to be ‘the voice,’ for these amazing individuals living with autism.” Together, these gifted artists offer their support to the Golden Hat Foundation for a magical evening of hope.

The Golden Hat Foundation is dedicated to changing the way people with autism are perceived, by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their great potential. Kate Winslet and Golden Hat Foundation’s CEO, Margret D. Ericsdottir, met when Kate recorded the English narration for Margret’s HBO documentary, A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism, which captured her journey to find a way for her nonverbal son with autism, Keli, to communicate.

Deeply moved by Margret and her family, Kate remained in close contact. Together, the two decided to create a foundation with the purpose of creating awareness of the intellectual capabilities of people with autism.

Tickets for Music of Hope will be available via Carnegie; (212) 247-7800 and http://www.carnegiehall.org or at the box office starting Friday, October 18th at 11:00 am EDT. For the first 4 days, Friday 10/18 @11AM to Monday 10/21 fans can use GOL18260 to receive 30% off.

About Tim Janis

With millions of albums sold, five National Public TV Specials, and 10 Billboard-Charting CDs—composer Tim Janis has worked with some of the top artists in the music and entertainment business—from Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and Ray Charles, to George Clooney and James Earl Jones.

Composer, musician, conductor and arranger, Tim Janis fosters a deep belief in the power of creating music that can heal and bring peace on a global level. His music has traveled a long and fascinating journey to lend itself as a global healing force that has traveled the world; from the hallowed ground of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, to Africa, China, and Eastern Europe, enthralling a legion of fans.

About the Golden Hat Foundation
The Golden Hat Foundation is dedicated to change the way people with autism are perceived – by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their great potential. With proper communication skills and an academic education, these individuals can truly reach their dreams.

Awareness of the intellectual capabilities of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is the first objective of the Golden Hat Foundation. Long-term goals include the establishment of innovative living campuses to honor and empower those with ASD.

For more information about this event or to learn more about the Golden Hat Foundation, visit http://www.goldenhatfoundation.org.

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