At the Colburn: World AIDS Day Concert

Sir Ian McKellen, Robin Smalley, and Sir Patrick Stewart are the honorees.

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World AIDS Day Concert

What art moves people most, in terms of connecting them to everyone everywhere else on the planet on a deeply meaningful issue, is, of course subjective.

Painting and film and dance all have the power to do so, as does music, which is why songs and concerts and symphonies and quartets so often play on World AIDS Day. Music is a way to remember the many lives lost around the globe, and it helps gather people together who want to reflect and pay tribute to those lives in a respectful and yet joyful-of-heart, never-forgetting way.

Performers in the Colburn School's Zipper Auditorium will do that over Thanksgiving weekend. World AIDS Day is December 1, but a concert will take place on Saturday, Nov. 30 to "remember the 35 million people who have died of HIV/AIDS."

Student will play pieces by Rachmaninoff and Piazzolla. The concert is free but tickets must be reserved (and are reported to be going fast).

LeVar Burton is the master of ceremonies for the evening.

One part of the night involves saying thank you to those honorees who've worked on behalf of those with HIV to create more awareness, better health choices, and a community of support. Robin Smalley, who co-founded mothers2mothers, is one honoree; Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart will also be honored.

For more information on World AIDS Day, and how you, too, can be a part, click. To learn more about mothers2mothers, "an international nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing mother to child HIV transmission," click. And for further information on the AIDS Research Alliance, which is presenting the evening, click.

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