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James Taylor To Perform Two Haiti Benefit Concerts

01/19/2010
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James Taylor organized a benefit concert for Haiti which quickly sold out, and now the big hearted music icon has added a second show. Here is the announcement: Tickets to James Taylor's just-announced benefit concert for Haiti sold out in 90 minutes this morning, raising $150,000 for Partners in Health, which Taylor and his wife, Kim, then matched, making the total amount raised so far to benefit the people of Haiti: $300,000.

Upon hearing news of the sold out concert, Mr. Taylor volunteered to donate his services for a second show on Saturday, January 23 at 8 pm. "The need in Haiti is so great and our community in the Berkshires is so generous. Performing another concert is the least I can do and, fortunately, the Mahaiwe is free the next night," he said.

Tickets to "Help for Haiti: An Intimate Evening with James Taylor" are $100 (balcony), $200 (orchestra and mezzanine), and $1,000 (golden circle including private post-show reception with the artists) and will go on sale on Wednesday, January 20 at 9 am at Mahaiwe.org and in person at the Mahaiwe Box Office (14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, MA). No phone sales are available for this concert and there is a limit of four tickets per person.

"Our hearts go out to everyone in Haiti," said Mr. Taylor. "We need to do everything we can to help the country recover after this tragic earthquake. I'm grateful to do my part and hope my neighbors here in the Berkshires will join me and be as generous as possible."

Mr. Taylor will be joined by his longtime singers Kate Markowitz, Arnold McCuller, his wife, Kim, and Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Owen Young.

Partners In Health (PIH) has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years. The organization works to bring modern medical care to poor communities in nine countries around the world. The work of PIH has three goals: to care for patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world. Based in Boston, PIH employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, including doctors, nurses, and community health workers. The vast majority of PIH staff are local nationals based in the communities they serve.

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