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Harlem Arts Festival’s Annual Fundraising Gala May 29th

 

The Harlem Arts Festival’s second annual fundraising gala will be held at MIST Harlem.

Performers that night will include Kris Bowers, who won the 2011 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition and was most recently featured on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne album, Jennifer Archibald, from the Arch Dance Company who was a 2012 Harlem Arts Festival featured artist and 2013 Fellow of the New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Artistic Director, Robert Battle and Brandee Younger, a versatile young jazz harpist and 2013 Harlem Arts Festival Selectee who has collaborated with artists ranging from Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Common, Ryan Leslie, Cassie, Talib Kweli and Drake.

About the Harlem Arts Festival

The Harlem Arts Festival is a free annual multidisciplinary event that showcases local performers and visual artists that inspire and nourish the artistic community in Harlem. The festival aims to promote arts education and literacy by implementing arts-related discussion forums, educational workshops, performance opportunities and activities for youth and family. This project is part of Harlem’s addition to the larger, citywide commitment to provide free art in the public parks during the spring and summer months. This year’s festival will take place on June 29th and June 30th at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park at 124th street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues. To learn more about the festival visit www.harlemartsfestival.com.

 

RESTORED – “One of the prettiest little parks in New York”, Richard Rodgers Amphitheater @ Marcus Garvey Park Unveiled


Michael Palma Photography

By HarlemGuy
Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe recently cut the ribbon on $7 million in improvements to the restored bandshell and amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park.  Attendees included:

Performances included:

The now restored Richard Rodgers Amphitheater was made possible primarily by the  Rodgers Family Foundation for its generous $1 million contribution to this project.    Additional grants are available to support community performances and the commissioning of new work for the space.

New amphitheater features include:

  • A wider stage that is much closer to the audience,
  • A large, multi-purpose area backstage with changing rooms and restrooms for the performers,
  • An improved seating area with seatbacks built of a durable recycled plastic, and
  • A fabric canopy to shield a large portion of the audience from the hot summer sun.

Summer programming includes

  • A performance of Shakespeare’s Henry V from August 5-8,
  • Music performances with Ryan Leslie, Funkmaster Flex and others from August 9-11,
  • Dance performances with the Cecilia Marta Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Theater and others from August 12-13, and
  • The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 27 (see video).

About Richard Rogers:

  • Composer Richard Rodgers (1902-79) enjoyed a spectacular career that spanned more than six decades. His hits ranged from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway, London and beyond. He was the recipient of countless awards, including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys. He wrote more than 900 published songs and forty Broadway musicals, including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, The King and I, and South PacifiC. Rodgers‘ childhood home, at 3 West 120th Street, overlooked what was then called Mt. Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) and which the composer described as “one of the prettiest little parks in New York.”
  • In 1970 he provided funding for the original band shell, which has now been restored and renamed “The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater.”

RESTORED – "One of the prettiest little parks in New York", Richard Rodgers Amphitheater @ Marcus Garvey Park Unveiled


Michael Palma Photography

By HarlemGuy
Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe recently cut the ribbon on $7 million in improvements to the restored bandshell and amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park.  Attendees included:

Performances included:

The now restored Richard Rodgers Amphitheater was made possible primarily by the  Rodgers Family Foundation for its generous $1 million contribution to this project.    Additional grants are available to support community performances and the commissioning of new work for the space.

New amphitheater features include:

  • A wider stage that is much closer to the audience,
  • A large, multi-purpose area backstage with changing rooms and restrooms for the performers,
  • An improved seating area with seatbacks built of a durable recycled plastic, and
  • A fabric canopy to shield a large portion of the audience from the hot summer sun.

Summer programming includes

  • A performance of Shakespeare’s Henry V from August 5-8,
  • Music performances with Ryan Leslie, Funkmaster Flex and others from August 9-11,
  • Dance performances with the Cecilia Marta Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Theater and others from August 12-13, and
  • The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 27 (see video).

About Richard Rogers:

  • Composer Richard Rodgers (1902-79) enjoyed a spectacular career that spanned more than six decades. His hits ranged from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway, London and beyond. He was the recipient of countless awards, including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys. He wrote more than 900 published songs and forty Broadway musicals, including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, The King and I, and South PacifiC. Rodgers‘ childhood home, at 3 West 120th Street, overlooked what was then called Mt. Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) and which the composer described as “one of the prettiest little parks in New York.”
  • In 1970 he provided funding for the original band shell, which has now been restored and renamed “The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater.”