July 26, 2017

Rufus Wainwright & Sophie Beem Take The Stage For Cancer Research

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The 13th annual "A Hamptons Happening" benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will treat guests to an intimate performance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and recording artist Sophie Beem, a protégé of Beyoncé.

"My grandmother died from cancer and my mom's best friend is a breast cancer survivor so I've always wanted to help make a difference and support finding a cure," said Beem. "I am so honored and excited to perform."

Beem is a rhythmic pop singer, songwriter, and musician from NYC, discovered and mentored by Beyoncé. She released her first EP last year with songs like "I Got It" featuring Fetty Wap. Her song "Nail Polish" was featured in HBO's series, "Insecure."

Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of our time. He has released seven studio albums and three live albums, including the Grammy-nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. He has collaborated with artists like Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, and producer Mark Ronson.

"I hope he sings 'Hallelujah,'" enthused Beem of Wainwright's upcoming performance.

His performance at "A Hamptons Happening" will celebrate the introduction of a sarcoma research grant established jointly by the SWCRF and the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, a nonprofit organization he and his family founded to support sarcoma research after his mother passed away from the disease.

"When I was first approached by the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation about performing at the 'Hamptons Happening,' it presented an opportunity for our foundation, the Kate McGarrigle Foundation to join forces with SWCRF in the battle against cancer," said Wainwright.

"KMF has been focused on funding sarcoma research, a rare and underfunded cancer that took my mother's life in 2010. SWCRF is establishing a collaborative grant in her name. This is an amazing chance to partner in the highest level research and hopefully keep moving the needle towards a cure," he continued.

Wainwright has also made a name for himself in the classical world. His first opera, Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in 2009. He has been commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company to write his second opera based on the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his young male friend, Antinous. The new opera will premiere in Toronto in October 2018.

Taking place at the home of Maria and Kenneth Fishel in Bridgehampton, "A Hamptons Happening" is one of the most anticipated summer benefits and will once again feature tastings from some of the top chefs and restaurants in NYC and The Hamptons.

"I am looking forward to seeing this gorgeous estate, experiencing some great food, good music, and a purposeful gathering of supporters of our foundations," said Wainwright.

The event will be held on Saturday, August 5, starting at 6:30 PM. Visit www.waxmancancer.org for more info and tickets.

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