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February 05, 2014

Philip Glass, Patti Smith and More Play for Tibet House

By Ingrid Skjong | Events

Philip Glass, Patti Smith and More Play for Tibet House
Steve Pyke

The annual Tibet House benefit concert at Carnegie Hall is a music-filled affair looked forward to by both fans and the artists who take the stage alike. This year’s installment (March 11), which, as always, supports the work of the nonprofit, is no exception.

“Every year we are very fortunate to have the finest performers, from legendary artists to the most exciting emerging musicians,” says event artistic director Philip Glass (pictured above), an original Tibet House founder. “Collaborations are always part of the concert, and every year I'm amazed at the chemistry the evening produces.”

This year’s lineup, which promises more than a few sparks, includes Iggy Pop; Patti Smith & Her Band; Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner of The National; American composer Nico Muhly; and Tibetan folk singer Techung. And performance poet Mike Garry will pair up with British composer Joe Duddell on a musical version of Saint Anthony, a poem by Garry about Anthony H. Wilson, the late owner of the now defunct British indie record label Factory Records. The new rendition is inspired by the song "Your Silent Face" by New Order, which was one of the bands Wilson signed; New Order's Bernard Sumner will help perform the work.

An organization with a sole mission to preserve Tibetan culture, Tibet House began in 1987 as a direct request from the Dalai Lama. Headquartered in New York, it continues to garner support, celebrity (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Chuck Close are this year’s honorary chairs) and otherwise—proving a good cause never goes out of style.

“The Tibetan culture is a priceless treasure,” says Glass, “and one worth saving.” Tickets for the show and the dinner reception start at $500; 881 Seventh Ave.; 212-807-0563; boomset.com.

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