An Apollo 80th Anniversary Celebration

An Apollo 80th Anniversary Celebration

Apollo Theater Open House Weekend An Apollo 80th Anniversary Celebration

In celebration of Black History Month and Apollo’s 80th Anniversary, the Theater will open its doors for a FREE weekend to give visitors a glimpse into our rich history with a sneak preview of our future activities. Open House Weekend will feature live performance and a family workshop.

·On Saturday, February 8th, 1pm-5pm, journey through time at the Apollo, rejoicing in the diversity of genres that make the theater so special. Hosted by the Apollo’s Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell, the afternoon will showcase past Amateur Night contestants, entertainment from the Broadway show, Motown: the Musical,  RhythmAndSoulRadio.com and from other NYC cultural organizations.  The afternoon will be capped with a lively discussion about the Apollo’s exciting direction for the future and an honoring of some of the “Apollo family members” that have paved the way.

FREE and open to the public. No RSVP required.

·On Sunday, February 9th, 2pm-4pm, the Apollo presents Family Sing: Hush Arbor: Living Legacies of African American Spirituals with Imani Uzuri. Vocalist, Composer and Cultural Worker Imani Uzuri has crafted an engaging intergenerational workshop to share in song & community. Hush Arbors were hidden “safe” spaces intentionally created by enslaved African Americans in wooded areas throughout the southern United States as a place to secretly worship, commune, transcend, strategize, revolt and plan escape. American Spirituals were communally created in spaces such as these. This intergenerational workshop celebrates the rich heritage of this seminal (Black) American folk music acknowledged as a “national treasure” by the U.S. Congress in 2007.

Participants will uncover this body of music’s multi-layered and coded history and how its healing, contemplative and revolutionary inheritance continued to remain activated through the Civil Rights Era and within our contemporary musical landscape today. All will be invited to share in communal singing of some of these inspiring songs such as “This Little Light of Mine”, “Deep River” and “Wade in The Water”. We will also explore the early history of the Blues and Gospel music. Bring a tambourine, rattle, small drum or just your feet to stomp, your hands to clap and your voices to sing!

FREE and open to the public. RSVP required at www.apolloeducation.org.

·  Open House Weekend will culminate with a rousing gospel concert starring the incomparable Apollo Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar on Sunday, February 9th, 5pm, hosted by WBLS’s Liz Black and featuring Refining Faith. No stranger to the Apollo stage, Pastor Caesar first performed at the Theater in the 1950’s, as a part of Thurman Ruth’s Gospel Caravan. Born in Durham, North Carolina, Shirley Caesar began singing at a young age, singing in church with her father and her siblings. Her professional career began at the age of 18 when she joined The Caravans, the renowned gospel group that featured other influential gospel singers, such as Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews and Reverend James Cleveland. She left The Caravans in 1966 to pursue a solo career, and continues to record solo, as well as with others.

FREE and open to the public. RSVP required at www.apollotheater.org.

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An Apollo 80th Anniversary Celebration
Event Category: Live Music
When: February 8, 2014 ~ February 9, 2014
Where: The Apollo Theater
More Info: https://www.apollotheater.org
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