A world-class humanitarian aid concert
KindredSPIRITS’ next concert will be presented Sunday, June 7, 2009 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA’s premier concert venue.
The LA Jewish Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Noreen Green, and our 100-voice interfaith gospel choir, featuring the St. James Sacred National Gospel Choir, the Valley Beth Shalom Choir and the St. Mel Parish Singers will join with noted artists, Ilan Davidson, tenor, Ron Li-Paz, baritone, and Ilysia Pierce, soprano in a concert of world music celebrating unity and peace.
Special guest celebrities will introduce the music and KindredSPIRITS’ beneficiary for this year.
The prestigious KindredSPIRITS Humanitarian Award will be presented to Ed Asner and the Grossman Burn Centers for their contributions to the world.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.
The 2,265-seat auditorium with natural lighting in which the audience surrounds the orchestra was designed to look and feel like a ship’s hull. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is wheelchair accessible and Phonic Ear sound system headsets for the hard of hearing.
From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood-paneled main auditorium, the 3.6-acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and the Resident Companies that call the Concert Hall home.
Heifer International is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty and caring for the Earth, providing sustainable and secure sources of food and income in the best interest of the people, land, and animals where they work.
Heifer International provides life-sustaining livestock and agricultural kits along with training and support to help families and communities become self-reliant. In addition, Heifer’s commitment becomes the recipient’s commitment: Each family pays their gift forward to help another family in need.
From Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, for over 30 years Heifer has reached out to make your donation multiply and families thrive. Find out where your goat, flock of ducks, geese, chicks, or cow will be going at www.heifer.org.
Versatile, committed, eloquent and talented are all adjectives that describe actor/activist Edward Asner. Perhaps best known for his comedic and dramatic crossover as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the role he originated on the landmark TV news room comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show and continued in the newspaper-set drama Lou Grant, which earned him five Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards. Asner received two more Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for the mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots. His prolific and much honored acting career demonstrates a consummate ability to transcend the line between comedy and drama.
One of the most honored actors in the history of television; Edward Asner has been the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, as well as five Golden Globe Awards and served as National President of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996. Asner received the Ralph Morgan Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000, presented periodically for distinguished service to the Guild’s Hollywood membership. In March 2002, he was again honored by The Guild as the 38th recipient of the prestigious Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, presented annually to an actor who fosters the highest ideals of the profession.
In addition to his professional versatility, Edward Asner has consistently served and committed himself to the rights of the working performer in addition to advocating for human rights, world peace, environmental preservation and political freedom. A passionate and informed spokesperson for the causes he supports, Asner is a frequent speaker on labor issues and a particular ally for the acting industry’s older artists. Some of the many honors he has received throughout his career include the Anne Frank Human Rights Award, The Eugene Debs Award, Organized Labor Publications Humanitarian Award, ACLU’s Worker’s Right’s Committee Award and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Award.
Edward Asner has more than 100 TV credits, which include starring in the series Off the Rack, The Bronx Zoo and Thunder Alley. Numerous guest appearances include roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm, ER, Arliss, The Practice and a recurring role on Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. Besides commercials and numerous books on tape, he has lent his voice to popular cartoon shows such as The Simpsons, Spiderman and Boondocks. Asner’s dozens of motion pictures include They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, Fort Apache the Bronx, JFK, and the European production of Giovanni XXIII – the highest rated television mini-series in the history of Italian TV as well as the box office hit, Elf with Will Farrell and James Caan. Asner has done several Hallmark movies and was nominated for another Emmy for The Christmas Card.
Most recently he completed filming for Gigantic, slated to be in theatres Spring 2009, with John Goodman and Jane Alexander; Generation Gap for the Hallmark channel, an episode of CSI/ NY, airing April 29th. and will be the voice of Carl Fredrickson in Pixar’s next animated film UP, due in theatres May 29, 2009.
Grossman Burn Centers
Grossman Burn Centers are plastic surgery-based Centers of Medical Excellence specializing in the comprehensive treatment of burns – from acute care and reconstruction, to rehabilitation and psychological counseling. Since they first began in 1969, Grossman Burn Centers have earned a world-wide reputation as the innovative leaders in burn treatment.
In addition to the many pioneering world-first techniques developed by founder Dr. A. Richard Grossman which are now standard practice in the treatment of many burns, Grossman Burn Centers are further distinguished by the compassionate, nurturing, personalized and team-centered way we provide treatment. Their experience has shown the way they provide burn care results in less patient discomfort and speedier recoveries with better results.