Lara Downes, Thomas Hampson, Angel Blue, Ailyn Pérez, Lawrence Brownlee Headline ‘Take Care of this House’ on National Voter Registration DayBy David Salazar
Pianist and activist Lara Downes is making the stars align in a video of Leonard Bernstein’s song “Take Care of this House.”
The video, which is being released on Sept. 22 in honor of National Voter Registration Day, features a wide range of major superstars from the opera and classical music world including Thomas Hampson, Anthony Orth Costanzo, Julia Bullock, J’Nai Bridges, Brian Jagde, Rhiannon, Giddens, Isabel Leonard, Soloman Howard, Angel Blue, Isabel Leonard, Ailyn Pérez and Lawrence Brownlee, Davone Tines, Charles Yang, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Collins, Anthony McGill, Conor Padmanabhan, Ifetayo Ali-Landing, and Shereen Pimentel, the star of the new Broadway production of “West Side Story.”
“This year of disruption and division has kept artists offstage and off the road. But even from here at home, we can reach out to join forces and offer our music where it matters the most. I’ve looked to Leonard Bernstein throughout my career as the model of a true artist/citizen, a musician who always showed up and spoke up, in good times and bad. He gave us so much inspiration, including this perfect song that speaks to our American past, present and future in such a powerful way. So here we are, from our homes to yours, pledging to take care of this house together. It’s the hope of us all,” Downes said in a press release.
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