Private Venue

New York City, NY

Monday March 2, 2020 - 6:30 PM


Soprano  Lisette Oropesa


The series honors two of Classical Action’s most ardent supporters. Charles Hamlen was the founding director of Classical Action, a visionary in the world of classical music management as the co-founder of what would become IMG Artists, and artistic adviser to the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Hamlen passed away from leukemia on August 1, 2018.

Michael Palm was a financial expert and philanthropist who dedicated his life to the arts, gay rights and the fight against HIV/AIDS. He first met Hamlen backstage at Carnegie Hall following a recital by pianist Earl Wild, where Palm learned about Classical Action. Palm was inspired by the classical musicians coming together to make a difference and launched a series of benefit house concerts that ultimately bore his name. Palm died in 1998.

Since Classical Action’s first house concert in 1993, more than 50 classical performers have shared their time and talents Among the notable artists who’ve appeared are Joshua Bell, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Natasha Paremski, Yuja Wang and André Watts.