AIDS Quilt Songbook Returns to Phoenix for Benefit Concert

For the second consecutive year, selections from the AIDS Quilt Songbook will be presented in Phoenix ahead of World AIDS Day.

The benefit concert, entitled “Quilt Songs 2015: American Songs in the Age of AIDS,” will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Central United Methodist Church’s Kendall Fellowship Hall, 1875 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix

Tickets, the proceeds from which benefit the Joshua Tree Feeding Program, are $10 in advance (click here) and $15 at the door.

The concert features performances by five professional classical and musical theater singers, including soprano Susan Hurley (Elbland Philharmonie, Opera in the Heights), tenor Brian Jeffers (Lyric Opera Theatre, ASU Symphony), soprano Jennifer Jones (Arizona Opera, Mittelsächsisches Theater), bass-baritone John Pierce Kraft (Opera Revolution, Lyric Opera Theatre), baritone Mario Vazquez Morillas (OperArte, Hermosillo Opera) and a guest appearance by cellist Ruth Wenger, and musical preparation and piano accompaniment by William Reber (ASU Professor Emeritus and former director of Lyric Opera Theatre).

According to a recent press release, the 90-minute performance will showcase songs by and about people facing HIV and a broad range of related struggles, triumphs, stigmas, medical treatments, survival, grief and transcendence throughout the 30-year history of AIDS.

This performance marks the Southwest premiere of several compositions added to the Songbook since the original 18 songs were first performed in Lincoln Center (NYC) in 1992. In addition, this concert features the world premiere performance of a chamber work by local composer Vassilios Miltiades Makavos, written especially for the 2015 AIDS Quilt Songbook in Phoenix.

The AIDS Quilt Songbook was conceived in 1991 as a musical parallel to The NAMES Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt.

“Quilt Songs 2015: American Songs in the Age of AIDS”

6 p.m. Nov. 29

Central United Methodist Church’s Kendall Fellowship Hall

1875 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.

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