June 24, 2013

Mariah to Perform on the Great Lawn in Central Park on July 13th!

Mariah to Perform on the Great Lawn in Central Park on July 13th!

The 2013 MLB All-Star Charity Concert benefiting Sandy Relief will star Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic with special guest appearance by multiple Grammy Award winner Mariah Carey on Saturday, July 13th, three days in advance of the Major League Baseball All Star Game at Citi Field, which airs on FOX. The concert, which will be free to fans but requires each attendee to have a ticket, will take place on the iconic Great Lawn at Central Park on July 13th beginning at 7:30PM.

Major League Baseball is dedicating Saturday, July 13th to raising funds to benefit Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts. In conjunction with the concert, Major League Baseball will make a $1 million donation for Sandy Relief efforts. Earlier in the day on July 13th, MLB will host the MLB All-Star Game 5K & Fun Run benefiting Sandy Relief presented by Nike in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Including the concert donation, Major League Baseball has committed more than $5 million to various national and local charities as part of the Midsummer Classic.

The New York Philharmonic, which will be led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, will perform two sets of New York and baseball-themed music, including Randy Newman’s Suite from The Natural and the world premiere of Mark Isham’s Suite from 42. Special guest Mariah Carey will join the New York Philharmonic to perform a select number of her all time classic hits mixed with tracks off of her new album.

In addition, Joe Torre will make a special appearance and read the classic baseball poem “Casey At the Bat,” which was written by Ernest Thayer and first published in 1888, 125-years ago. Currently Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Torre played for the All-Star host New York Mets from 1975-77 and managed the team from 1977-81. Torre also managed the New York Yankees from 1996-2007 winning four World Series titles.

Fans can obtain free General Admission tickets at AllStarGame.com/Concert beginning June 26th at 10:00AM Eastern. All visitors will be screened at security checkpoints before entering the Concert grounds. Fans that have tickets can enter on Central Park West & West 72nd street (Western General Admission) or 5th Avenue and East 72nd street (Eastern General Admission). Credentialed media can enter at 5th Avenue and East 84th street. Gates open at 3:00PM. No backpacks, alcohol, glass or metal containers, pets or blankets are permitted. A full list of prohibited and acceptable items is available at AllStarGame.com/Concert.

“Major League Baseball is committed to leaving a lasting legacy in the community that hosts the All-Star Game. This concert will provide a great opportunity for Major League Baseball to not only raise funds but remind people not to forget about those who still haven’t recovered from the devastating impact of Superstorm Sandy,” Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “This concert will provide another opportunity for our fans to enjoy an All-Star experience in the spectacular setting of Central Park’s Great Lawn.”

“I am really looking forward to celebrating the All-Star Game with this fun program,” said Music Director Alan Gilbert. “Music might be my main game, but I love baseball, and it’s always exciting when the All-Star Game is hosted in New York. It’s a thrill to be conducting on this special occasion. It is particularly gratifying to be part of this event that will help support those whose lives were affected by Hurricane Sandy; they are our neighbors, and we’re glad we can be there for our community in whatever way we can.”

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