Sarah Brightman (Photo provided by The Karpel Group.)
Mark your calendars! You’ll have 72 hours to catch Sarah Brightman’s concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, premiering exclusively via Brightman’s YouTube channel beginning Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 12 p.m. P.T., 3 p.m. E.T., 8 p.m. U.K., 9 p.m. Europe.
Recorded in September 1997 at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, Brightman and the English National Orchestra perform an unforgettable concert of well-known classical and Broadway pieces by composers such as Puccini, Gershwin, Delibes, Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
“For many of us during lockdown, these are reflective and introspective times, said Sarah Brightman. “For me then, it was a pivotal period of transition, after which I experienced 20 years of an incredible life and career journey which I wasn’t expecting. Hopefully, my performance of many hits and favorite pieces, along with special guests Andrea Bocelli and Andrew Lloyd Webber, will inspire many of you to contribute to one of these fine charities, who are both doing so much for people all over the world at this time. I hope you enjoy and remember it’s still a beautiful world out there, and we have so much to look forward to.”
Among the classical and musical theater hits, Brightman’s concert includes “Summertime” from Porgy & Bess, a medley from West Side Story, and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from The Phantom of the Opera.
Brightman is scheduled to return to the U.S. on tour later this year, with performances in Las Vegas, Chicago, Atlantic City and more.
Known for her three-octave range and for pioneering the classical-crossover music movement, Brightman has amassed global sales of more than 35 million units. The only artist to have simultaneously topped Billboard’s dance and classical music charts, she has achieved more than 180 gold and platinum awards in over 40 countries.
The streaming concert will benefit the following organizations:
Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Fund
The Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project has been created to amplify the efforts of organizations that focus on helping those most in need. Spotify is making a donation to selected organizations and will match donations dollar for dollar up to a collective total of $10 million.
COVID – 19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO (World Health Organization)
Donations support WHO’s work, including with partners, to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them. Some donations also support Fund partners UNICEF, for its work on COVID-19 among vulnerable communities including children, and the vaccine development alliance CEPI.