Natalie Merchant, Emmylou Harris Playing Tibet House Benefit

Singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant and country singer Emmylou Harris will perform at the 2001 Tibet House benefit concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall, according to organizers.

“There’s a few vital pieces missing,” Ganden Thurman, director of special projects for the Tibet House, said about the still-forming lineup for the February 26 concert, which historically has attracted several big-name musicians.

“I think it’ll be a great show,” Thurman added. “It’s always guaranteed to be a great show. It’s always unusual — they play in unique combinations.”

In this year’s show, for instance, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio performed with former Talking Heads leader David Byrne, Patti Smith and singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

Anastasio, who also played the 1999 Tibet House concert, will not perform at the 2001 show because of scheduling conflicts, Thurman said.

Next year’s concert also is scheduled to include performances by Tibetan flutist
Nawang Khechog, the Gomang Tibetan Monks and classical composer Philip Glass, who serves as the event’s artistic director.

The show celebrates the Tibetan New Year and serves as a fundraiser for the Manhattan-based Tibet House, which aims to preserve the endangered culture of Tibet, which has been under Chinese occupation for nearly 50 years.