01.05.11 Sting to perform at Carnegie Hall Gala Event on April 12...

On April 12 Sting will join host James Taylor, Barbara Cook, Steve Martin and Bette Midler in a gala event at New York's Carnegie Hall. The event honours 12 decades of extraordinary music and events at the famous venue.

From JamesTaylor.com:

Carnegie Hall launches its 120th anniversary year celebration on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 pm with a one-night-only gala event hosted by renowned singer/songwriter James Taylor in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. This festive evening pays tribute to Carnegie Hall's illustrious history, highlighting many of the extraordinary musical and cultural events that have taken place on the Hall's legendary stages over the past twelve decades. Featured special guests include: Barbara Cook, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Sting, and members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus among others. This concert is one of four Carnegie Hall Perspectives performances presented by Taylor this spring.

The James Taylor gala event - benefiting Carnegie Hall's artistic and education programs - is chaired by Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr. Honorary chair for the gala is Caroline Kennedy. Honorary Artist Committee members for the evening include Carnegie Hall trustees Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, and Audra McDonald, as well as Calista Flockhart, Harrison Ford, Jay-Z, Kelly Preston, Tavis Smiley, Regina Spektor, and John Travolta. Additional gala leaders include: Vice-Chairs Emily Blavatnik, Tory Burch, Lyor Cohen, David Foster, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Aviv Nevo, and Anonymous. Bank of America is the James Taylor Gala Corporate Sponsor and Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

Gala Benefit tickets priced at $2,500 and $5,000 include premier concert seating and an exclusive after-party dinner at The Museum of Modern Art. Gala benefit tickets priced at $1,000 include the concert and a pre-concert cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. in Carnegie Hall's Rohatyn Room. All gala benefit tickets are available online at carnegiehall.org/jamestaylorgala or by calling 212-903-9679. A limited number of premium tickets, priced at $200, $300, and $500, will be available only at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue) or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, beginning this Friday, January 7. Both Gala Benefit and premium tickets include a tax-deductible donation to Carnegie Hall.
Tuscan Paradise - For Sting and Trudie Styler, landscape designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd plants a heavenly garden near Florence. Great gardens are made, not born, and usually with protracted effort - vast quantities of earth are moved here and there and back again, mature trees are arranged with the help of forklifts, hills are bulldozed into terraces, and, occasionally, rocky outcrops are blasted into submission with strategically placed explosives. By some point in the creative process, the land seems so distressed that the dream it represents to the landscape architect can look like a nightmare to the homeowners...
When Sting originally announced that he was going to tour with a full fifty piece orchestra and perform his best known songs we were a little sceptical. How could that possibly work? Well, five months in, it is apparent just how wrong we were to harbour any doubts. The "Symphonicity" shows have been spectacular successes since the tour launched in Vancouver earlier this year and have since garnered glowing accolades in the media. When we were able to attend several of the shows, we were totally blown away by the whole experience and quickly realised how short-sighted our initial scepticism had been.
Sting - Symphonicity Tour - Accompanied by an Orchestra Conducted by Steven Mercurio.
The winners of the tickets to see Sting on "Che Tempo Che Fa" in Milan on 19 December were: Angela Romano, Claudio Garavaglia, Gaia Scalvedi, Luigi Guastella, Marc Arens, Maurizio Saccani, Roberto Pezza, Tioli Elisa, Valerio Marani and Vania Murasso. They were the first ten names drawn who had correctly answered that Sting performed at the Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan on the Symphonicity tour. Thanks to everyone that entered!