Buy TicketsAn Evening with Harry Belafonte
Saturday, November 11 • 7:30pm • $40, $90 (includes reception)
Part of the New York Living Legacy Series
The Egg begins its 40th anniversary year a little early as it celebrates the (belated) 90th birthday of legendary artist Harry Belafonte as part of the New York Living Legacy series. In this speaking engagement, Harry will look back at his storied career as a performing artist, his work for humanitarian causes and his views on today’s cultural and political climate.
Singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist Harry Belafonte was the first recording artist to sell a million albums with his 1956 recording “Calypso.” A pioneer of the world music movement, Harry not only brought Jamaican music to people around the globe, but exposed other artists to new audiences, most notably South African vocalist Miriam Makeba. Recording music in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards, Harry has won three Grammys, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as well as an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. An early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s confidants, Harry has been an advocate for political and humanitarian causes, such as the anti-apartheid movement, USA for Africa, UNICEF the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1989, Harry received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts in 1994 and has also received many awards for his humanitarian work.
At this event, Harry will be in conversation with Alan Chartock of WAMC Northeast Public Radio.
Plan to join us as we celebrate the life and contributions of one of New York’s – and the world’s – living legends.