THE COMMUNITY MEDITATION CENTERpresents
A Virtual Benefit Concert
Sunday, August 9th at 7:00 PM EDT
* Available for 24 hours *
Portion of the proceeds to be shared with
Black Lives Matter Global Network
First Nations Development Institute
The Artists & Speakers
Rufus Wainwright Singer-Songwriter Krishna Das Kirtan Chanter
Anthony Roth Costanzo Krysty Swann Metropolitan Opera Stars
Amy Burton & John Musto Soprano and Pianist
Shirley Hunt Cello Stephen Salters Baritone
R. Carlos Nakai Native American Flute
Joseph Goldstein & Sharon Salzberg Co-Founders, Insight Meditation Society
Dan Harris Guest Host
*Program subject to change *
Hear more about the Artists & Speakers
Tickets available at several levels.
Choose the amount you wish to donate
Gift package at $250 level includes latest books
by Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein
Gift package at $500 level includes the books above and
CDs by Rufus Wainwright and Krishna Das
Gift package at $1,000 level includes the books and CDs above,
and a CD by R.Carlos Nakai and Allan Lokos’ book Patience
The Community Meditation Center supports individual and collective efforts to alleviate suffering, stress, and discord in the world. CMC objectives oppose the destructive forces of greed, hatred, and delusion by cultivating generosity, compassion, and wisdom.
Black Lives Matter Global Network builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe.
First Nations Development Institute improves economic conditions for Native Americans through direct financial grants, technical assistance and training, advocacy and policy. Through their Emergency Response Fund, much needed COVID pandemic relief has been dispersed to over 80 Native communities.
The Artist & SpeakersAlphabeticaly
With a voice the New York Times has called, “luminous” and “lustrous,” soprano Amy Burton has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, at the White House, with major opera companies and orchestras throughout the US and abroad, and on cabaret stages in New York, Paris, and Barcelona. Awards: George London, Gerda Lissner, and Sullivan Foundations, Marian Anderson International Vocal Competition, Sahm Award (San Diego Opera), and Artists’ Advocate Award from Opera America. Recordings: Albany, Angel/EMI, Bridge, CRI, Harbinger, Naxos, Opera America, and Soundmirror. She is on the voice faculty of The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music at the New School, and the CUNY Graduate Center. She frequently appears in concert with her husband, composer-pianist, John Musto.
GRAMMY-nominated Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo recently returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the title role in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. He has appeared at the world’s leading opera houses, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera, Glyndebourne, Dallas Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Glimmerglass, and Finnish National Opera. He has sung with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and The English Concert, and has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Versailles, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, Minamiza Kyoto, Joe’s Pub, The Guggenheim, The Park Avenue Armory, and Madison Square Garden. He also produces and curates, creating shows for National Sawdust, Opera Philadelphia, Philharmonia Baroque, Princeton University, WQXR, The State Theater in Salzburg, Master Voices and Kabuki-Za Tokyo.
Layering traditional kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, KD has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time. His album Live Ananda was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category. In August 1970, KD made the journey to India, which led him to his beloved guru, Neem Karoli Baba, known to most as Maharaj-ji. Given the name Krishna Das, KD began to chant as part of following the path of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion. After Maharaj-ji died, KD took solace in music, finding peace and strength in both his Bhakti yoga practice as well as in such heroes as Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, and Bruce Springsteen. KD also co-founded Triloka Records, a California-based label specializing in world music. In 1994, KD started leading chant at Jivamukti Yoga Center in NYC, which led him to chant with people all around the world. In 2013, KD performed at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles, which was streamed online to millions of viewers. The award-winning film One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das has been in over 100 US cities, over 10 countries worldwide and is available on DVD everywhere. With the release of his 16th album, Peace of my Heart in 2018, KD offers nearly two hours of deeply moving, meditative and artfully restrained new recordings.
Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967 he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. He is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.
Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News and the co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Before that, he was the anchor of the Sunday edition of World News. He regularly contributes stories for such shows as Nightline, 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer and GMA. Dan has reported from all over the planet, covering wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine and Iraq, and producing investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo. He is the author of the bestselling book 10% Happier.
Praised by The Strad as “stylish and accomplished,” internationally respected baroque cellist Shirley Hunt performs and records with the nation’s leading period instrument ensembles including Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, TENET, the Sebastians, and New York Baroque Incorporated. Recent season highlights include performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Ms. Hunt is a founding member of The Cramer Quartet, a period instrument string quartet that explores and expands the sound world of gut strings.
Composer and pianist John Musto has distinguished himself in multiple genres: orchestral, operatic, solo, chamber, vocal, concerti, and film and television scoring. He is an active performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral works as well as Art Song, and the Great American Songbook. He also performs frequently with his wife, soprano Amy Burton in recital and cabaret. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Musto has won two Emmy and two CINE Awards, a Rockefeller Fellowship to Bellagio (Italy), the 2019 Arts and Letters award, and a Distinguished Alumnus award from the Manhattan School of Music. He is on the piano faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, and serves as Coordinator of the D.M.A. Program in Music Performance. His compositions have been recorded on labels includeing Bridge, Harmonia Mundi, Nonesuch, Cedille, Naxos, Harbinger, CRI, EMI, and Hyperion. He is published by Peermusic Classical.
Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American Flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, Nakai began playing the traditional Native American flute in the early 1980’s and has released more than 50 albums in his career. He has sold more than 4.3 million albums for Canyon Records and earned two Gold Records for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit. In 2014 Canyon Trilogy reached Platinum (over 1 million albums sold), the first ever for a Native American artist performing traditional solo flute music. Nakai has made solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan and has collaborated with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, composers James DeMars and Phillip Glass and various symphony orchestras.
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times best-selling author. She has played a major role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of eleven books including the N Y Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and Real Love. Known for her humorous, down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them easily accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour. Her latest book, Real Change, will be published on September 1st, 2020.
Baritone Stephen Salters has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Recent appearances include performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Wagner’s Rienzi and Walton’s The Bear at Boston’s Odyssey Opera. Other highlights include world premieres of the operas Les Rois by Philippe Fenelon at Opera National in Bordeaux; Toussaint Before the Spirits by Elena Ruehr at Opera Boston, and The Summer King by Dan Sonenberg, as well as Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Orvieto; Shostakovich’s The Nose; Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Gluck’s Alceste; Mozart’s Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Così fan tutte; Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and L’elisir d’amore; Handel’s Alcina and Giulio Cesare; Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci; and Britten’s Peter Grimes at Tanglewood on the 50th anniversary of its U.S. premiere. He has worked with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Bobby McFerrin, Nicholas McGegan, Keith Lockhart, Ivor Bolton, Will Crutchfield, Leonard Slatkin, Hugh Wolff, Jane Glover, and Julian Wachner. His recordings include Spirit: Are You There? You Are There and world premiere performances including William Bolcom’s Billy in the Darbies, written for him and the Lark Quartet, and Elena Ruehr’s Averno and Gospel Cha Cha.
Mezzo-soprano Krysty Swann has been hailed for her beautiful and rich voice, as well as her captivating presence on stage. The Washington Post declared, “Krysty Swann has a voice, and she knows how to use it…[She] displayed an instrument of immense power, natural beauty of tone and luscious legato line.” The Detroit-raised, New York-based mezzo-soprano was featured on the cover of Opera News with the great mezzo Dolora Zajick. This season, Ms. Swann returned to the prestigious roster of the Metropolitan Opera for their production of Akhnaten, and to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s Blue, and performed as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Hunter College Choir. Additionally, Ms. Swann will portray Mayme in the world premiere of Intimate Apparel, a new opera by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Lynn Nottage, directed by Bartlett Sher, at the Lincoln Center Theater.
Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists, songwriters and composers of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums to date with, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the Grammy-nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. Rufus has collaborated with artists including Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Robert Wilson, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Heart, Robbie Williams, Jessye Norman, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Sting and Mark Ronson, among many others. He has also distinguished himself in the classical music world by writing two operas, Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009, and Hadrian, premiered in October 2018 at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. He has also played original orchestrated pop songs, his orchestral settings of Five Shakespeare Sonnets, and pieces from an extensive classical repertoire with orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Residentie Orchestra, Orchestre National de lle de France, and the orchestra of the Teatro Real in Madrid. He has appeared at concert halls and festivals including Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera, Teatro Colon, Hollywood Bowl, the Elbphilharmonie, the Olympia, Glastonbury, Roskilde, and the Kennedy Honors. He has written and recorded songs for a wide variety of movies and TV shows including Brokeback Mountain, Shrek, Judy, Meet the Robinsons, The Aviator, Moulin Rouge, and “Boardwalk Empire”. He and his sister Martha Wainwright continue the legacy of their mother, Canadian folk icon Kate McGarrigle, raising funds for the Kate McGarrigle Fund for sarcoma research. His new studio pop album, Unfollow the Rules, was released last month.