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January 26, 2012
The Apollo Theater Celebrates Black History Month
With a FREE Open House Weekend
The Apollo Theater Presents in Collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series:
Community Sing with Take 6
Friday, February 3rd , 7pm
Apollo Theater Open House Program Includes Dance Demonstrations, Children’s Activities And Special Performances
Saturday, February 4th & Sunday, February 5th, Noon -5pm
Harlem, NY – January 21, 2011 – In celebration of African-American History Month, the world famous Apollo Theater will open its doors for one weekend– Friday, February 3rd through Sunday, February 5th– to give members of the Harlem community, New York City residents and tourists alike, a glimpse into the Apollo’s rich history as well as the non-profit Theater’s current activities. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Theater where many of the biggest icons in entertainment have launched their careers. Open House Weekend will feature displays of Apollo memorabilia, live performances from past winners of the Apollo’s signature program, Amateur Night, artists from the Apollo’s newest Series Apollo Music Café, and multi-media presentations on Apollo Theater history, among a host of other activities.
On Friday, the Apollo Theater presents, in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series, a special Community Sing lead by 10-time Grammy Award–winning Christian jazz vocal group Take 6. Learn what it takes to be a member of this dynamic group as Take 6 leads the audience through an interactive performance of songs at the heart of what makes them unique.
Soul runs deep through the harmony-rich gospel sound of a capella sextet Take 6, channeling the uplifting spirit of doo-wop groups from the 1950s, even as they throw down fresh beats that call to mind the latest R&B and hip-hop. The group has recorded and performed with some of music’s greatest legends, such as Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, and Stevie WonderAudience members will have the opportunity to experience the magic of ensemble singing by participating singing with the group. This event is designed for all ages.
Doors open at 6PM. Show begins at 7PM. Tickets to Community Sing are free but RSVP is required. RSVPs at ApolloTheater.org or at the Apollo Theater Box Office. 4 tickets per individual or 12 tickets per organization. (Organizations will need to bring an official letter to the box office when picking up tickets.)
On Saturday, the focus will be on dance, saluting to the dance genres and greats that have graced the Apollo’s stage. Audience members will watch inspiring performances and get to come on stage to learn various moves. Some of Saturday’s performances include pieces from: Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Millennium Dance Company and Amateur Night winners Devastation Dance Crew.
Also on Saturday, dancer and choreographer Mickey Davidson will lead a Family Dance Workshop on popular dances that have been performed at the Apollo throughout the 1930s through the 1960s, ranging from the Lindy Hop to the Hand Jive to the Jerk. Appropriate for ages 5 and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Space for this activity is limited. Pre-registration is strongly suggested via ApolloEducation.org.
On Sunday, The Apollo Theater Open House Weekend culminates with a celebration of the music genres that made the Apollo legendary and a study of the instruments used to make the music. This day will feature performances by: Amateur Night contestants Mavis SWAN Poole & Soul Understated and “The Professor”; MTA MUNY’s The Body Electric, Speaking in Rhythms, WHCR-FM’s Supa DJ King James, and others. There will also be a Family Instrument Making Workshop in the Theater’s Soundstage. Musician Kevin Hylton and visual artist Miah will guide participants in creating and decorating handmade instruments. Appropriate for ages 5 and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Space for this activity is limited. Pre-registration is strongly suggested via ApolloEducation.org.
Health screenings and information will also be provided by Aetna, Harlem Hospital Center, and Healthy Eating and Healthy Living.
All Saturday and Sunday is Free and open to the public. No RSVP required for entry into the main Theater on Saturday or Sunday
The Apollo Theater aims to serve the community as a cultural anchor and shed light on other organizations in Harlem and throughout New York City that help make Harlem one of the cultural capitals of the world. The Apollo’s Open House Weekend sponsored by Target, with additional support provided by Fox5-TV, My9-TV, New York Amsterdam news, and WHCR-FM. Visit www.apollotheater.org for more details.
About the Apollo Theater
The Apollo is a national treasure that has had significant impact on the development of American culture and its popularity around the world. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in cultivating artists and in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo’s stage. The Apollo Theater’s new artistic vision builds on its legacy. New Apollo programming has music as its core, driving large scale and more intimate music, dance and theater presentations. The Apollo will continue to present historically relevant presentations, as well as more forward-looking, contemporary work.Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.
The Apollo Theater Open House is sponsored by Target.
Additional support is provided by Aetna. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Inez E. Dickens, and Speaker Christine Quinn.
The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target
Community Sing events are part of the Neighborhood Concert Series.
Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series is a program of the Weill Music Institute.