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Citywide Festival Features More Than 20 Events Celebrating African American Culture with Wide Array of Performances and Panel Discussions at Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theater, and Venues throughout New York City
Concerts Honor Pioneers Marian Anderson, Duke Ellington, and Others; Additional Highlights Include a Weekend Devoted to the Spiritual and Gospel Music and the World Premiere of Ask Your Mama! Based on Langston Hughes’ Poem
Programs Feature Jessye Norman, Geri Allen, Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Angela M. Brown, Shirley Caesar, James Carter, Ron Carter, Ray Chew, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harlem Quartet, Gwen Ifill, Imani Winds, Arthur Mitchell, Toni Morrison, Eric Owens, Toshi Reagon, The Roots, Daniel Bernard Roumain, George Shirley, Richard Smallwood, Anna Deavere Smith, Esperanza Spalding, Russell Thomas, James “Blood” Ulmer, Cornel West, Lizz Wright, and Many More
Six Free Neighborhood Concerts, Carnegie Hall’s National High School Choral Festival, and a Curriculum on African American Song for New York City Middle School Students Comprise Festival’s Education and Community Programs, All Presented by The Weill Music Institute
Closing Performance on March 23 Honors the Contributions of Trailblazing African American Classical Vocalists
Special Exhibit At Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum Pays Tribute to the Extraordinary Artistic Contributions of African Americans Throughout Hall’s 118-Year History
Six Free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts Feature Leading African American Artists at Venues Throughout New York City
“Community Sing” Event at Apollo Theater on March 13 Unites Vocalists of All Ages and Levels
Carnegie Hall’s National High School Choral Festival on March 20 Features Four Choirs Performing with Professional Singers, Conductor Craig Jessop, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Choral Work Inspired by African American Spirituals
Ms. Norman Curates Citywide Festival Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy Presented by Carnegie Hall from March 4–23, 2009
New Concert Production Based on Poem Cycle by Langston Hughes, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz, Presented by Carnegie Hall During Three-Week Honor! Festival Curated by Jessye Norman
Eric Owens Performs Songs by Mahler in Tribute to Philadelphia Native and Carnegie Hall Legend Marian Anderson
Russell Thomas Is Featured Soloist in George Walker’s 1996 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Lilacs
Panelists Include Leading Performers and Cultural Icons: Maya Angelou, Derrick Bell, Calvin O. Butts III, Michael Eric Dyson, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Gwen Ifill, Judith Jamison, Portia Maultsby, Arthur Mitchell, Toni Morrison, George Shirley, Anna Deavere Smith, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Dr. Cornel West, and Many More
Zankel Hall Hosts Three Discussions on March 8 Regarding African American Music and the Personal, Social, and Political Roles and Influence of African American Art, Featuring Performances by Imani Winds, Baritone Robert Sims, and Dance Theatre of Harlem
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Hosts Two Panels on March 12 Exploring the Legacy of Arthur Mitchell and Dance Theatre of Harlem
Apollo Theater Program on March 21 Features Discussion About Spiritual and Gospel Music
Performance Is Part of Citywide Honor! Festival Celebrating the African American Cultural Legacy
Events To Take Place at the Apollo Theater Include:
Panel Discussion on Saturday, March 21 with Derrick Bell, Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, Portia Maultsby, Chapman Roberts, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and Olly Wilson Explores Historical, Political, and Musical Dimensions of the Spiritual and Gospel Music
Performance on Sunday, March 22 Features Musical Director Ray Chew, Gospel Vocalists Shari Addison, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Smokie Norful, and Richard Smallwood, Abyssinian Baptist Church Cathedral Choir, Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens
Vocal Concert Concludes Carnegie Hall’s Three-Week Honor! Festival
Concert, Part of Carnegie Hall’s Citywide Honor! Festival, Features Vocalists Shirley Caesar, Richard Smallwood, and Sweet Honey In The Rock among others
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