Sting to be honored by Smithsonian next month

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Sting is being honored by the Smithsonian next month for his contributions to American music.

The former Police frontman is being recognized along with composer J. Ralph, who he collaborated with on the Oscar-nominated song “The Empty Chair” for the documentary Jim: The James Foley Story.

The two will participate in a discussion at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., moderated by journalist Dan Rather. The discussion, which takes place on September 8, will be followed by a performance by Sting and the debut of J. Ralph’s latest symphonic composition, “Evolocean.”

Sting and J. Ralph also will be donating memorabilia to the Smithsonian.

A limited number of tickets to the event are on sale for $150. Proceeds go to benefit the museum’s culture and arts programs.

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