Carnegie Hall to host annual Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation benefit

winsletCarnegie Hall, New York CityThe American Christmas Carol celebrates its eighth year at Carnegie Hall this Thursday, December 5, 2013 at  8 PM.  The event is a benefit for the Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation. Composer Tim Janis will conduct a  full orchestra and a 200-voice choir in an evening to celebrate those living with autism and music education.

Janis has been working with the youngest son of Margret Dagmar Ericsdottir, co-founder of Golden Hat Foundation .   Autism Daily Newscast first wrote about Keli last year while reviewing the movie “A Mother’s Courage”. Keli who is now 17 and non-verbal remains passionate about music.

Talking with cbslocal in New York, Janis says,

“When they got the notepad in a way that he could point to letters and spell out wCarnegie_Hall_2008ords, the first thing he wrote was ‘I am real.’ So locked inside Keli were all the emotions and thinking that we have and he wasn’t able to communicate.”

Janis is joined by a number of guests including platinum artist Jackie Evancho and renowned  flutist Sir James Galway.  It happens to be Sir James Galway 75th birthday this year so there will also be a  a 100-flute salute to honor him.