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Joni Mitchell Honored by The Music Center


In celebration of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday, two concerts presented by The Music Center will take place November 6 and November 7 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Both concerts will include performances from artists with songs spanning Mitchell’s entire life and career. Following the November 7 concert, The Music Center will honor Mitchell with The Music Center’s Excellence in the Performing Arts Award. A fundraiser for The Music Center’s artistic programming will also take place during the after-concert celebration.

AFM musicians that will be performing include Local 161-710 (Washington, DC) member Emmylou Harris; Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member Kris Kristofferson; Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) members David Hidalgo and Greg Leisz; Local 802 (New York City) members Rufus Wainwright and Marvin Sewell; and Diana Krall, member of both Local 802 (New York City) and Local 149 (Toronto, ON).

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