AARP Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With New Music Collaborations

Feb 21, 2008, 00:00 ET from AARP

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP, the world's
 largest advocacy organization for the 50+ community, today announced it
 will kick-off its 50th anniversary celebration with a number of new
 high-profile musical collaborations. These new initiatives include:
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     -- CLASSIC ROCK: The AARP-sponsored Feels Like the First Time tour with
 Foreigner launches on March 14, 2008, providing AARP members with priority
 seating at the concert venues. Select AARP members will also have the
 opportunity to meet the band and get photographs and autographs while
 mingling at Foreigner's exclusive VIP reception
     -- JAZZ: April 24, 2008 marks the kick-off of the AARP-sponsored Ramsey
 Lewis and the Legends of Jazz tour. AARP members will be eligible for
 numerous benefits to this 15-city tour including exclusive ticket
     -- GOSPEL: AARP will sponsor the One Love Gospel Choir competition in
 March 2008. Contestants will sing Stand Up For Yourself, a new song
 originally sung by the legendary Aretha Franklin and written for the AARP
 lead Divided We Fail initiative which aims to create a national movement to
 bring attention to the domestic issues that worry Americans most: health
 care and financial security.
     -- SOUL: In continuation of AARP's 50th anniversary celebration, on
 June 21, 2008 in Atlanta , GA AARP will present a live two-hour musical
 production featuring performances by a once-in-a-lifetime line-up of
 gospel, R&B, soul and pop divas, including Yolanda Adams, Patti Austin,
 Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, Queen Latifah, Dionne Warwick, CeCe Winans &
 Ann Nesby appearing with Paris Bennett. Renowned choreographer Debbie
 Allen, winner of several Emmy, Tony and Golden Globes Awards, will direct
 the show.
     "Music is a universal language. It let's us connect with our members in
 a unique and powerful way," said Shereen Remez, AARP's Group Executive
 Officer for Member Value. "As AARP celebrates its 50th anniversary, we
 wanted to find ways in which to extend the celebration to our members. What
 better way to do so than with these exciting new programs we have planned
 for this year!"
     This is not the first time AARP has stepped into the music arena. In
 2007, AARP's sponsorship of Tony Bennett's "The Best is Yet to Come" tour
 was a huge hit with AARP members. Earlier this year, AARP also collaborated
 with another leading organization celebrating its 50th anniversary -- the
 Grammy Awards -- on the Music Preservation Project, an ongoing initiative
 to preserve historic music recordings, photographs, films and cultural
 artifacts for future generations.
     Additionally, on September 4, 2008 more than 27,500 AARP members and
 their friends from across the country and around the world are expected to
 flock to Washington, DC to celebrate AARP's 50th Anniversary and
 participate in Life@50+|, AARP's National Event & Expo. Life@50+| is part
 class-reunion, part home, travel, health and high-tech expo, part summer
 concert weekend -- and all fun. In addition to top-notch concerts,
 attendees will also experience extensive exhibits; lifestyle, education and
 feature sessions with politicians and entertainers; lectures and health and
 fitness classes. During the course of Life @50+, attendees will also hear
 poet Maya Angelou; baseball hall-of-famer Cal Ripken, Jr.; music impresario
 Quincy Jones; fashion consultant Clinton Kelly; legendary folk singer Judy
 Collins; political pundits Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson; Academy Award
 winner Shirley MacLaine; TV fitness guru Bob Harper; rock star Gene
 Simmons; and female sexual health expert Dr. Laura Berman. Life@50+| AARP's
 National Event & Expo takes place September 4 - 6, 2008 at the Walter E.
 Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
     Additional information on all of AARP's 50th anniversary events and
 initiatives, as well as dates and ticket information for all concerts, will
 be available to AARP members online at
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 people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are
 beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not
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 only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic
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 persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and
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