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Rocker Patti Smith is to headline a tribute concert for R.E.M. next week.

The concert – which features 20 artists and bands performing the songs of the biggest band to ever come out of Athens, Georgia – will take place at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, March 11, and will include Throwing Muses, Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish and many others.

Proceeds from the show will go to three organizations that provide music education for youth:

  • The American Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Leon Botstein are committed to keeping great music alive and pertinent as a vital cultural force. ASO’s ambitious music educational program, Music Notes, serves tens of thousands of middle and high-school students in the NY Metro area, particularly those from low and moderate-income households. Through teacher training programs, Music Notes integrate the study of music and concerts into existing broader curriculums.
  • Church Street School for Music & Art is the only not-for-profit school for the arts in Lower Manhattan serving as a community center supporting a diverse audience with affordable arts programming. The process oriented approach facilitates music education through skill building and development of technique in performance.
  • The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools, community music programs and individual students nationwide, in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music.

VIP ticket holders will be treated to the private artist reception taking place at City Winery featuring cuisine designed by Mario Batali after the show.

Tickets and more info are available here.

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