James Taylor plans benefit concert for Haiti earthquake relief

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Legendary singer-songwriter and Massachusetts’ own James Taylor will perform a special benefit concert to raise funds for the victims of last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti. The show, dubbed “Help for Haiti: An Intimate Evening with James Taylor”, will take place this Friday at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.

Tickets for the show 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 today at 9 a.m. at Mahaiwe.org and in person at the Mahaiwe Box Office. No phone sales are available for this concert and there is a limit of four tickets per person. All proceeds will benefit Partners in Health, which has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years. Additionally, Taylor and his wife, Kim, will match the proceeds from sales of tickets.

“Our hearts go out to everyone in Haiti,” said Taylor in a press release. “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.”

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

The event will be simulcast on WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

**Update: Tickets to 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, Taylor decided to add a second show for Saturday, January 23. “The need in Haiti is so great and our community in the Berkshires is so generous,” Taylor said in message on his website. “Performing another concert is the least I can do and, fortunately, the Mahaiwe is free the next night.” Tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 9 a.m.


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