Live music touches the soul in a way that a child’s laugh or a cloud’s incessant screaming never can. Absorb atmospheric melodies with this Groupon to the Tibet House US XXIII Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $17, you get one ticket for seating in the rear balcony (up to a $35 value).
- For $19, you get one ticket for seating in the front balcony (up to a $39 value).
Proceeds from the event benefit Tibet House US. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey, and to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation. Tibet House US was founded 25 years ago at the request of the Dalai Lama as an educational embassy. Through its programs and awareness-raising events, it works to ensure the continuation of the Tibetan culture and history.
The Tibet House US XXIII Annual Benefit Concert rings in the Tibetan New Year with a cavalcade of musical legends, up-and-coming trailblazers, and traditional Tibetan musicians. Prolific composer Philip Glass tops the bill as the evening's organizer, treating audiences to his modernist take on classical forms while facilitating what he described to the New York Times as “a celebration of a culture which is surviving in a way no one expected it would.” Glass's cousin once removed Ira—best known for hosting the public-radio show This American Life—will also make an appearance, bringing his cerebral yet accessible oration to the stage before conducting impromptu interviews with strangers he corners in the coatroom.
The evening's performers also include:
- The godmother of punk, Patti Smith, weaves smoky and biting vocals into poetic lyrics that wrap around the heavy guitar of her backup band.
- Beatboxing wonder Rahzel—formerly of The Roots—unhinges audience's jaws with his uncanny ability to lay down a throat-formed beat while simultaneously singing.
- Tibetan exile Tenzin Choegyal brings minds back to the cause with traditional flute melodies and dirge-like singing drawn from his homeland's Buddhist heritage.
- Mad genius Ariel Pink rockets eardrums into the stratosphere with an idiosyncratic pop aesthetic that combines layered synths with over-the-top lyricism.
- Jim James—lead singer of the roots-infused psychedelic band My Morning Jacket—demonstrates his solo chops, tickling the mic with his ethereal vocals and lengthy beard.
- tUnE-yArDs lays down swirling loops of drum beats and chirping electronic noises, overlaid by the raw singing of founder Merrill Garbus.
Tibet House US
Tibet House US was founded in 1987 at the request of the Dalai Lama, creating a safe space where Tibetan culture, artwork, literature, and traditions could thrive even as it struggles to survive in its native land. The non-profit educational embassy continues that mission today as it works to ensure the continuation of Tibetan culture through its programs and awareness-raising events, including its star-studded annual benefit concert.
Among the world's most storied venues, Carnegie Hall has hosted the finest performers since philanthropist Andrew Carnegie founded it more than 120 years ago. Finished in 1891, the structure was planned just before the advent of steel-frame construction, necessitating a solid masonry design that insulates its halls from outside noise and lends the exterior its red-brick charm. The hall's architects traveled to Europe during the planning stages, carefully noting the acoustic qualities of the continent's best venues while finding themselves put off by the overwrought baroque stylings of many of the buildings. The resultant design eschews flowery ornamentation for a spare, elegant Italian Renaissance style, coupled with peerless sonic resonance. The Hall's centerpiece—the historic Perelman Stage—is renowned for its acoustics and Italian design rife with white walls, gold fixtures, and graffiti tags from Michelangelo.