AIDS Research Alliance
Invites you to a
World AIDS Day Concert
The Colburn School
Saturday, November 30, 2013
7:30 pm: Zipper Concert Hall Live Performance
Free to the Public

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Sir Ian McKellen, Robin Smalley, Sir Patrick Stewart

Sir Ian McKellen, Robin Smalley, and Sir Patrick Stewart


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Program Overview

World AIDS Day at The Colburn’s Zipper Hall will provide the metropolitan Los Angeles with a unique program commemorating World AIDS Day. In its second edition, the 2013 World AIDS Day at The Colburn will remember the 35 million people who have died of HIV/AIDS with a concert, featuring a music program with a global theme. Musical pieces include Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil, as well as Astor Piazzolla’s Cafe 1930 and Nightclub, performed by the talented students of The Colburn School.


Robin Smalley Robin Smalley, International Director and Co-Founder, mothers2mothers
Robin Smalley joined mothers2mothers in 2004 as its first Executive Director. The mission of mothers2mothers is to provide support to mothers by improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health. The Mentor Mother Model adopted by mothers2mothers empowers mothers, living with HIV, through education and employment. Robin, a former award-winning television director/producer of shows such as Entertainment Tonight, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous, Hour Magazine, Home Show, and Leeza. She first made the transition to the world of non-profit leadership as Executive Director of The Media Project.

Sir Ian McKellen Sir Ian McKellen
Considered one of the greatest actors of his generation and one of the greatest British actors of all time, Sir Ian McKellen is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Academy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations. McKellen’s work spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. His notable film roles include Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Magneto in the X-Men films, and Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code. McKellen was knighted in 1991 for services to the performing arts, and was made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality, in the 2008 New Year Honours.

Sir Ian McKellen will accept his award on video from Broadway, where he is performing in a two-play repertory of Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land,” and Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.”

Sir Patrick Stewart Sir Patrick Stewart
Sir Patrick Stewart is an English film, television and stage actor, who has had a distinguished career on stage and screen. He is most widely known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films and as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series. Stewart was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours list, and was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to drama.

Sir Patrick Stewart will accept his award on video from Broadway, where he is performing in a two-play repertory of Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land,” and Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.”

Master of Ceremonies: LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

  LeVar Burton

Emmy Award winning actor LeVar Burton was catapulted into international fame when he was just 19 years old. On January 23, 1977, Burton made his debut as Kunta Kinte, the protagonist of the TV miniseries Roots.
Levar has appeared on Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lieutenant Commander Geordi LaForge. Burton is also a published author. He has been AIDS Research Alliance’s National Spokesperson since 2011.

Producer: Dr. Ross Jutsum

Ross Jutsum

  Dr. Ross Jutsum

Dr. Ross Jutsum has over 35 years of professional experience in researching, performing, and teaching music. He is an accomplished pianist, composer, and conductor. After more than 20 years in higher education, Ross founded “State of the Heart.” For the past 15 years Ross has presented concerts in over 500 cities in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Western Europe, South Africa, and Australia. He is also a music consultant to Martha Williamson, best known as executive producer of the series “Touched By An Angel.” Read Dr. Ross Jutsum’s interview on World AIDS Day 2013 at The Colburn School

The Colburn School

The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall is an acoustic dream, engineered to project beautiful music. AIDS Research Alliance is honored to host their World AIDS Day concert here in partnership with The Colburn School.

The Colburn School is located at 200 South Grand Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The Colburn School


Sponsors, Presenting Sponsor
Eagle Los Angeles
The Hexberg Family Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
William Morris Endeavor

Community Partners

Alliance for Housing & Healing
Bienestar Human Services, Inc.
The City of Los Angeles
The City of West Hollywood
The Colburn School
Lamp Community
The Magic Johnson Foundation
The OASIS Clinic
UCLA Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education
UCLA Center for Behavioral & Addiction Medicine at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic


See Photos from World AIDS Day Concert 2012

WAD 2012
Dr. Michael Gottlieb, ARA CEO Carolyn Carlburg, Barry Goldblatt, and Dr. W. David Hardy


Partners & Sponsors