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Belafonte speaking at The Egg

Belafonte speaking at The Egg

Belafonte speaking at The Egg
Harry Belafonte
Photographer: New York Times

"An Evening with Harry Belafonte," a sit-down conversation between WAMC/Northeast Public Radio's Alan Chartock and the Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning performer, will be held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at The Egg.

The night will mark Belafonte's 90th birthday as well as the beginning of The Egg's 40th season. The program is part of the New York Living Legacy Series.

Belafonte was the first solo recording artist to sell over a million albums with the release of "Calypso" in 1956. Born in Harlem, he performed in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes and American standards. Along with his three Grammy Awards - which includes a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award - and his Emmy and Tony, Belafonte was a social activist and an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King.

He is also a big supporter of USA for Africa, UNICEF and the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1989 Belafonte received Kennedy Center Honors and in 1994 was awarded the National Medal of Arts for his humanitarian work.

Tickets are $40. For more information call (518) 473-1845 or visit www.theegg.org.

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