Regina Spektor Sells Out Benefit Concert for HIAS

Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 16:40 pm

Jane Ginns, Marc Silberberg, Regina Spektor, Gideon Aronoff, Alan Lungen

Singer/songwriter Regina Spektor (center) with, from left: Jane Ginns, co-chair HIAS Regina Spektor Benefit Concert Young Leader Steering Committee; Marc Silberberg, Chairman of HIAS; Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO of HIAS; Alan Lungen, Young Leaders Steering Committee co-chair. Photo credit: Josh Strauss

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, sold out the house last night when it presented singer/songwriter Regina Spektor in a benefit performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Spektor, one of the leading recording and performing artists of her generation, donated her performance to HIAS, the agency that brought her and her family to the United States in 1989.

Visibly moved by the opportunity to “give back” to HIAS and by the warm reception she received from the more than 1,100 people in the audience, many of them young adults and their families also assisted by HIAS, she opened the concert by saying, “I’m so incredibly happy to be here….And a lot of us here had a similar experience. It’s an emotional moment.

“Thank you so much to HIAS,” she continued. “There are a lot of people here from that organization. I’m very honored I got to be part of this night. Their good work should continue!”

And she was off, singing songs that made her famous, alternating with new songs and songs sung in Russian, all to the great delight of the house.

The HIAS Regina Spektor Benefit Concert celebrated HIAS’ 130th anniversary. It was organized by HIAS Young Leaders, a corps of students and young professionals devoted to HIAS’ mission of rescue and refuge. Young Leaders Jane Ginns and Alan Lungen, both of New York City, were concert co-chairs.