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Apollo Theater Announces Public Phase of $20 Million Campaign, Spring Gala Details & More

January 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Apollo Theater Celebrates 80 Years

of Artistic Innovation and Community Engagement

Apollo Theater Extends Legacy with Launch of Public Phase
of $20 Million Campaign to Support New Programming

 

$10 Million Raised to-date for Local, National, and Int’l Programs and

New Initiatives in Development

Apollo’s marks 80th Anniversary Season with a variety of programs showcasing emerging artists and celebrating Apollo legends through a contemporary lens, including:

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Apollo Hosts Amateur Night Finals 2013 on Wednesday, November 27th

November 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Amateur Night at the Apollo

Presents

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

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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 Bow Wow, Savion Glover, Ballet Hispanico & Much More!

November 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Celebrate

Holidays at the Apollo

With Programs for Audiences of All Ages

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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)

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Apollo & BET Announce National Auditions for Amateur Night and Apollo Live this Summer

June 26, 2013 Leave a comment

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

 

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Chaka Khan Cancels Four Concert Dates..Khan Scheduled to Attend Apollo Spring Gala in Her Honor

June 6, 2013 2 comments

Chaka Khan Cancels Four Concerts Dates in June

Khan Scheduled to Attend The Apollo Spring Gala in Her Honor on June 10 in New York City

The iKhan Project: Alive

Now Scheduled for Release This Fall

(Los Angeles, CA – June 6, 2013) – Chaka Khan Enterprises announced today that Khan has had to cancel four concert dates in June due to extended vocal rest ordered by her doctor. The concert dates include, The Capital Jazz Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD (Saturday, June 8); the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, held outdoors in the downtown Cultural District in Pittsburg, PA (June 9); an appearance with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at Columbus Commons in Columbus, OH (June 14) and Joni: A Portrait in Song at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada (June 18 and 19).

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Apollo Theater To Induct Chaka Khan Into Apollo Legends Hall of Fame at Annual Spring Gala Concert…June 10, 2013

April 12, 2013 1 comment

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
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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.

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Aretha Franklin Will Perform the National Anthem at Detroit’s Commercia Field in Game Five of the World Series

October 24, 2012 Leave a comment

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Apollo Theater Announces New Season of Education Programs

October 23, 2012 1 comment

Apollo Theater Announces Fall and Winter Education Programming

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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 PanelBoth programs are part of the Apollo Theater Academy, which focuses on talent development and providing mentoring and training in arts and entertainment administration.

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Apollo Announces New Season of Apollo Music Cafe

September 20, 2012 2 comments

 

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

Concrete Blues:

Tre Williams and the Revelations

Friday, October 12th

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Mateo

Saturday, October 13th

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Esperanza Spalding Second Show Added at the Apollo Theater

September 5, 2012 4 comments

Bowery Presents: Esperanza Spalding

Second Show Added at the

 Apollo Theater

October 27, 2012

8pm

 

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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.

Celebrate Holidays at the Apollo This Season

November 7, 2011 1 comment

Celebrate “Holidays at the Apollo”

With Programs for Audiences of All Ages

 

Featuring

Anthony Hamilton at the Apollo

 

Apollo Stars of Tomorrow: An Amateur Night Special

 

The Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan

 

Ballet Hispanico

 

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night

 

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Apollo Announces New Amateur Night Musical Director to Replace Ray Chew

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

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.”

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