Saturday, September 6, 2008 - tickets available through AARP:
Paul Simon is one of the most distinguished songwriters and performers of our time. Of his 12 Grammy Awards, three (´Bridge Over Troubled Water,´ ´Still Crazy After All These Years´ and ´Graceland´) were for albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock n´ Roll Hall of Fame, both as a member of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist. The American Film Institute included his song, ´Mrs. Robinson´ from The Graduate, in the top 10 of its ´100 Years 100 Songs.´
The concert appearances he is most fond of were the two concerts in Central Park in New York (with his partner and childhood friend Art Garfunkel in 1981, and as a solo artist in 1991) and the series of shows he performed at the invitation of Nelson Mandela, making him the first American artist to perform in post-apartheid South Africa.
His philanthropic work includes co-founding the Children´s Health Fund, which donates and staffs mobile medical vans that bring health care to poor and indigent children in urban and rural America. Simon has also raised millions of dollars for varied causes that include AMFAR, the Nature Conservancy and Autism Speaks.
Simon has been honored with the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (2007), the Kennedy Center Honors (2003) and the United Negro College Fund´s Frederick D. Patterson Award (1989).