Classical Action’s 2010-11 Michael Palm Series Presents Garrick Ohlsson, Stephanie Blythe, Warren Jones, Joyce DiDonato and Jeremy Denk

Jeremy Denk, Garrick Ohlsson, Stephanie Blythe
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Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS presents three evenings of star performances in its annual Michael Palm series of house concerts in New York.  The 2010-11 season opens on December 6 with a solo recital by pianist Garrick Ohlsson.  On April 6, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, whose recent portrayal of Fricka in Das Rheingold was called “vocally sumptuous” by the New York Times, gives a concert with pianist Warren Jones.  The series closes on May 4, when mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, recently honored with the 2010 Gramophone “Artist of the Year” Award, joins pianist Jeremy Denk in a duo recital.

This is Stephanie Blythe first concert for Classical Action; Garrick Ohlsson, Jeremy Denk and Joyce Didonato are all returning to perform again for the cause.  Ohlsson gave a recital for Classical Action in San Francisco in 2005, Denk in New York in 2007 and DiDonato in Chicago in 2008.  “I am honored and thrilled to be joining forces with Classical Action again after a very special recital in Chicago a few years ago,” says DiDonato. “This is an organization that continues to shed light on a most worthy cause that needs to fight for funding now more than ever, and to be able to contribute to such a dedicated, tireless team gives me great joy!”

After ten wonderful years of presenting concerts in the home of Judy and Steven Gluckstern – with their loft becoming known affectionately as Carnegie Hall South, the Michael Palm series moves this season to the New York City home of longtime Classical Action supporters Simon Yates and Kevin Roon.  Tickets for all concerts in the series can be purchased online at or by calling (212) 997-7717.

About the performers

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading Chopin exponents, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. His concerto repertoire alone is unusually wide and eclectic – ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century – and to date he has at his command some 80 concertos. Mr. Ohlsson is also an avid chamber musician who has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, Takács and Tokyo string quartets, among other ensembles.

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered one of the most highly respected artists of her generation. She regularly appears in the great opera houses of the world; this season she sings Fricka in the Metropolitan Opera’s new productions of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre and makes her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Un Ballo in Maschera and The Mikado. Pianist Warren Jones has recently been named "Collaborative Pianist of the Year" (2010) by Musical America. He performs with many of today’s best-known artists, including Denyce Graves and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, among others, and he is the principal pianist for the exciting California-based chamber music group Camerata Pacifica.

Wherever she sings, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato earns rhapsodic reviews.  Called “the flame-toned American mezzo” by Britain’s Daily Telegraph, she is among the world’s most enchanting performers.  Already an enormous star on the world’s greatest opera and recital stages, Ms. DiDonato recently won “Artist of the Year” and “Recital of the Year” at the 2010 Gramophone Awards.  She was also awarded “Singer of the Year” at the 2010 Echo Klassik Awards – the German equivalent of America’s Grammy Awards.  American pianist Jeremy Denk has steadily built a reputation as one of today’s most compelling and persuasive artists with an unusually broad repertoire.  Mr. Denk has just released a new CD, Jeremy Denk Plays Ives, on which he plays Charles Ives’s Piano Sonatas 1 & 2 (“Concord”). “Think Denk”, the popular blog where he writes of his experiences and gives detailed musical analyses, has been praised widely.  The New Yorker called him a “superb musician who writes with arresting sensitivity and wit.”

About Classical Action

Founded in 1993 by Charles Hamlen, Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS is a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations.  By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the classical, opera and jazz communities, Classical Action raises funds through private house concerts, special events, and recording and merchandising projects.     

BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund – including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancers’ Resource, The Stage Managers’ Project and three supportive housing residences.  BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.

Classical Action became a fundraising program of BC/EFA in 1997.  Since its founding, BC/EFA has raised more than $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

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Classical Action: 2010-11 Michael Palm Series
Monday, December 6, 2010
Garrick Ohlsson, piano? 
New York City
Wine and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30pm
Concert at 7:15pm
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano, and Warren Jones, piano
New York City
Wine and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30pm
Concert at 7:15pm
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano, and Jeremy Denk, piano? 
New York City
Wine and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30pm
Concert at 7:15pm