RICHARD GERE HELPS CARNEGIE HALL RAISE MONEY FOR UKRAINE

May 24, 2022

By Christine Ross

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Actor Richard Gere hosted a benefit concert for Ukraine at Carnegie Hall that raised almost $400,000 for a humanitarian organization providing medical aid.

Soprano Angel Blue, mezzo-sopranos Denyce Graves and Isabel Leonard, pianist Evgeny Kissin, violinists Midori and Itzhak Perlman, Tony Award-winner Adrienne Warren, singer Michael Feinstein, jazz vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant and mandolinist Chris Thile were among the performers.

Monday night’s  program had themes of prayer and dreams.

The 72-year-old Gere quoted Leonard Bernstein – the conductor who led more than 400 performances at Carnegie – to say “this will be our reply to violence. To make music more intensively, more beautifully, more devoted than ever before.”

Ukraine’s first lady spoke in a recorded video and Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador spoke in person.

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