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Natalie Merchant to Perform Concerts to Benefit Breast Cancer Research; Honored As NY Public Library Lion

Natalie Merchant 2010 sq (Mark Seliger)

Natalie Merchant will join Radio Woodstock 100.1 for the upstate New York radio station's 13th annual Pink October Fundraiser on the weekend of October 21-23, 2011, benefiting breast cancer research at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. Funds will be raised with a weekend-long Request-A-Thon, an online auction, and a pair of benefit concerts featuring Merchant.

The historic Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY, built in 1659, will host two intimate concerts featuring Natalie Merchant, an area resident, on Saturday, October 22. Fans will be treated to music from Merchant and her band, featuring award-winning children’s musician Elizabeth Mitchell, for an early matinee performance at 2 PM and an evening show at 7 PM. "I think this concert will be a wonderful community event,” says Merchant. “Elizabeth Mitchell and I have been making music together over the past year and I feel like I've found a true kindred spirit. We both share a passion for this cause." Ticket prices range from $35-$99 with a special ticket for children aged 3-12 years for only $10. Children under 3 years of age are free.

In 2010, Radio Woodstock 100.1 raised $50,000 for the Dyson Center. Station president and owner, Gary Chetkof, says, “2010 was the biggest fundraising effort in the history of the station! The outpouring of support was truly amazing as our listeners and sponsors came together for a cause that affects all of us. We have high hopes that we will be able to exceed last year’s fundraising efforts in 2011!”

Tickets are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets to the concerts, go to

Earlier in the month, Natalie Merchant will perform an intimate acoustic show at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on Friday, October 7. Also this fall, Natalie Merchant will be honored as one of this year's New York Public Library Lions in a benefit event to take place on Monday, November 7. The New York Public Library’s 2011 Library Lions benefit will honor six extraordinary individuals for their contributions to the world of ideas. In addition to Merchant, this year's recipients include authors Jonathan Franzen, Ian McEwan, and Stacy Schiff; playwright Tony Kushner; and journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson. For more information, visit

On her 2010 Nonesuch debut album, Leave Your Sleep, Merchant adapts the works of such poets as Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, and Robert Graves into a musically kaleidoscopic, two-disc set of new songs, working with folk, jazz, reggae, and R&B players as well as gorgeously arranged chamber ensembles. To pick up a copy, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout.

Natalie Merchant will join the Nashville Symphony in concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on November 13. Tickets are currently on sale to Symphony subscribers and go on sale to the general public this Friday, September 16. For additional details, go to


I cannot reach website RadioWoodstock for some reason- loads a blank screen- can't find any tech reason for it... Question is, will the Natalie concert be webcast by any chance? Would love to know- have absolutely been fascinated by Natalie since 10K Maniacs, moreso by solo works; her personal growth and depth are stunning. Thanks.

Sorry you're having trouble reaching the site, Sandy. Here is the direct link: Hope that works for you. No news of a concert broadcast. We'll be sure to spread the word if there is!

Just wanted to wish Ms. Merchant a happy birthday!

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