Proceeds from the sale of a new album will be donated to help fund research into a cure.
Some of America’s most acclaimed classical music stars have joined forces to produce a new album; An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope. Spearheaded by American charity Sing for Hope, which uses music to enrich the lives of those in under-privileged communities, proceeds from sales of the record will be donated to The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), the world’s leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic through innovative research.
Among the glittering roll-call of contributors for the album are cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma, opera star Joyce DiDonato, and principal clarinettist of the New York Philharmonic Anthony McGill. They are joined by A-list actress Sharon Stone, who is the amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman, and Hollywood up-and-comer Ansel Elgort, as well many other high profile actors and musicians who have all donated their time and talents to the project.
The AIDS Quit Songbook was first conceived in 1991 by HIV-positive baritone William Parker who famously said, “for singers, we’re being pretty unvocal about AIDS.” Parker brought together prominent composers and recitalists to premiere an original collection of songs which chronicled the fights against AIDS, at New York’s Lincoln Centre in 1992. On World AIDS Day in 2012, Sing for Hope presented AIDS Quilt @ 20, a celebratory concert marking the 20th anniversary of the classical music world’s first major response to the AIDS crisis. The songs produced for both concerts have been combined with spoken word including poems by Siegried Sassoon, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Walt Whitman for the new album which was released to coincide with World AIDS Day 2014.
The fight against AIDS is a cause that is particularly close to the heart of Sing for Hope founders Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora. “When the promising young tenor Frank Logan passed away at Houston’s Omega House AIDS Hospice, a group of friends came together to sing for life, hope, and a cure,” shares Zamora. “As students at Juilliard, we continued to envision a go-to resource for arts volunteerism, uniting artists and communities in transformative ways. This album embodies this spirit.”
An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope is available to buy now.