(Article republished with permission from Broadway World) 2015 Sing for Hope Gala Featured Performer Jon Batiste photographed at a Sing for Hope Piano in Times Square Jon Batiste, the newly appointed 28-year-old musical director of The Late Show with Stephen ColbertÂ is a New Orleans-bred, Juilliard-trained, fully irresistible musical force. Regularly sharing his artistry in concert halls around the world, Jon is also known for his spontaneous performances in subways, parks, and city streets.Â As Ben Ratliff of The New York Times asked earlier this week,Â “What kind of late-night talk-show bandleader is he going to be? What does it mean that a jazz pianist from Kenner, La., just outside of New Orleans, is running one of the most visible musical platforms in the country?” Supporters of Sing for Hope will soon have a chance to find out. On Monday, October 26, at TriBeCa Rooftop,Â the New York City-based “arts peace corps” organization will produce its ninth annual Sing for Hope Gala in support of its arts outreach programs for communities in need. Co-Chaired by Sing for Hope champions RenĂ©e Fleming, Ann Ziff, Margie Loeb,Â and Muhammad Yunus, with Vice-Chairs The Arnhold Family, the gala will feature Mr. Batiste in an intimate performance, along with some exciting surprise musical guests. Mr. Batiste’s performance at TriBeCa Rooftop is motivated by his belief in Sing for Hope’s “art for all” programs, which range from after-school arts classes for at-risk youth to hospital performances to the Sing for Hope Pianos that appear each summer in the city’s parks and public spaces.