Amateur Night at the Apollo
The Final Amateur Night Showdown of the Year
SUPER TOP DOG 2013
Winner of Season-long Contest to Receive
$10,000 Grand Prize
Wednesday, November 27th at 7:30pm
Harlem, NY- November 26, 2012 – On Wednesday, November 27th, the world famous Apollo Theater presents the final showdown of the 2013 Amateur Night season – Super Top Dog. Hundreds of up-and-coming musicians, dancers, comedians and other entertainers have vied all season for the opportunity to compete on the legendary Apollo stage, home to musical icons such as Michael Jackson, James Brown and Lauryn Hill. The contestants competing in this Super Top Dog finale have won over the notoriously tough Apollo audience in three rounds of competitions to advance to this point. The winner will receive the title of Super Top Dog and a grand prize of $10,000. Read more…
Holidays at the Apollo
With Programs for Audiences of All Ages
Ellington at Christmas
Featuring Savion Glover, Keith David, Lizz Wright, Priscilla Baskerville, David Berger Jazz Orchestra, the Abyssinian Baptist Choir and Students from Dance Theatre of Harlem School
Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special
Featuring Apollo Stars of Tomorrow with
Special Guest Host Bow Wow (Host of BET’s 106 & Park)
Apollo Theater and BET Networks
Announce National Auditions for the Apollo’s Signature Show,
Amateur Night at the Apollo
And for Season Two of TV Series APOLLO LIVE
APOLLO LIVE Auditions to be Held in:
Washington DC, Atlanta, and NYC
Amateur Night Auditions to be Held in:
Philadelphia and NYC
Online auditions for APOLLO LIVE to launch on Friday, June 28th Read more…
Apollo Theater To Induct Chaka Khan Into Apollo Legends Hall of Fame at Annual Spring Gala Concert…June 10, 2013
APOLLO THEATER TO INDUCT CHAKA KHAN INTO APOLLO LEGENDS HALL OF FAME AT ANNUAL SPRING GALA CONCERT MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013
SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY PATTI LABELLE and MARY J. BLIGE
TIME WARNER INC. TO RECEIVE CORPORATE AWARDFOR COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP ACCEPTED BY CHAIRMAN & CEO JEFF BEWKES PRESENTED BY SARAH JESSICA PARKER
PERCY E. SUTTON CIVIC LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTED TO CAROL’S DAUGHTER FOUNDER & PRESIDENT LISA PRICE
HARLEM, NY – April 11, 2013 – The Apollo Theater, a leading not-for-profit performing arts institution and one of the nation’s greatest cultural treasures, announced that its 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert will induct Chaka Khan into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame on Monday, June 10, 2013 in celebration of Ms. Khan’s 40th anniversary in the music business. This year’s program will include special tribute performances to the legendary singer by Apollo Legend Patti LaBelle and the incomparable Mary J. Blige.
Aretha Franklin Will Perform the National Anthem at Detroit’s Commercia Field in Game Five of the World Series
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Apollo Theater Announces Fall and Winter Education Programming
Apollo Theater Academy Launches Master Class Series, For Artists to Engage in Authentic Skill Assessment, to Launch November 10
New York, NY, October 18, 2012—As part of its ongoing mission of advancing the careers of artists, producers, managers, technicians and other professionals in the arts and entertainment industries, the Apollo Theater announced a series of education programs for the 2012-2013 season, including the launch of the Master Class Series, a talent development seminar, and the return of its Behind the Scenes Career Panel. Both programs are part of the Apollo Theater Academy, which focuses on talent development and providing mentoring and training in arts and entertainment administration.
Master Class Read more…
Legendary Apollo Theater Kicks Off Third Season of Groundbreaking Apollo Music Café Series
in October 2012
Season to Feature Innovative Performances on the Apollo’s Intimate Soundstage
Tre Williams and the Revelations
Friday, October 12th
Saturday, October 13th
Bowery Presents: Esperanza Spalding
Second Show Added at the
October 27, 2012
Tickets Go on Sale Thursday, September 13 at 10am
(New York NY, September 4,2012) – Due to popular demand, Bowery Presents has added a second Esperanza Spalding show at the Apollo Theater, set for October 27,2012 at 8pm. Both performances will feature the bassist, vocalist and composer on the Apollo stage performing songs from her latest album, Radio Music Society. This concert will mark Spalding’s debut at the legendary Theater and is a part of her world tour. Tickets for the October 27th show will go on sale Thursday, September 13th at 10am.
Spalding’s prodigious talents as a bassist and singer paved the way for her to become the first jazz musician to win the Grammy Award for best new artist, in 2011. Her latest release, Radio Music Society, is a companion release, rather than a sequel, to the internationally acclaimed Chamber Music Society, the basis of her Best New Artist GRAMMY® Award in 2011. Radio Music Society is her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet. Each of the 12 songs on the recording is accompanied by conceptual music videos, which further express Spalding’s inspiration and story behind each track.
Tickets to both performances are $40 and $64 and are available at http://www.apollotheater.org; in person at the Apollo Theater Box Office, 125th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues; over the phone at 212/531-5305 or (800) 745-3000; and on www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for the October 26th show are already on sale.
About Esperanza Spalding
Bassist, vocalist, and composer Esperanza Spalding unveils the brilliant compositions of her new release, Radio Music Society into a dynamic “big band” format. Inspired by her desire to write for a large ensembles, Spalding has crafted her performances to spotlight the talents of her 12‐piece world class band including Spalding on electric bass, double bass and lead vocals; Leo Genovese, piano, Rhodes and keyboards; Chris Turner, backing vocals; Tia Fuller, alto saxophone, backing vocals and music director; Lyndon Rochelle, drums and backing vocals; Jef Lee Johnson, electric guitar and backing vocals; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Corey King, trombone; Igmar Thomas, trumpet; Leala Cyr, trumpet and backing vocals; Dan Blake, tenor and soprano saxophones; and Aaron Burnett, tenor saxophone. Weaving high‐caliber artists into the context of a big band could be a challenge, but not for Spalding. Her ability to combine musical styles makes her writing accessible to audiences across the spectrum.
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 this legacy. With music as its core, the Apollo’s new programming focuses on 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.
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Celebrate “Holidays at the Apollo”
With Programs for Audiences of All Ages
Anthony Hamilton at the Apollo
Apollo Stars of Tomorrow: An Amateur Night Special
The Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan
Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night
The Apollo Theater announced today that it has named Onreé Gill to be the next Music Director for its signature talent competition, Amateur Night. Gill has worked with artists including Jay-Z, Jennifer Hudson, Prince, Missy Elliott, John Mayer, Beyonce Knowles, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, and Apollo Legend Stevie Wonder, and currently serves as Musical Director for Grammy-winning recording artist Alicia Keys.
Gill will lead the Apollo’s new house band—featuring bassist Alex Evans, drummer Ralph Rolle, and Matt Oestreicher on keyboard and guitar—at the Theater’s weekly Amateur Night, which continues to draw sell-out crowds more than 75 years after it debuted in 1934. Gill replaces former Amateur Night Music Director Ray Chew, who now serves as Music Director for “American Idol.”