Holidays at the Apollo: Season Highlights Featuring Sweet Honey In The Rock, OMG Girlz, Kwanzaa & More

This December, the Apollo Theater will present a series of holiday programs designed to celebrate family, culture, music, comedy and community. Throughout its legendary history, the Apollo has consistently been a model of innovation and excellence, and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the nation. This year’s holiday programming represents the range and vibrancy of the Theater’s artistic offerings.

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New York, NY (PRWEB) November 28, 2012

Celebrate “Holidays at the Apollo” With Programs for Audiences of All Ages

Holiday Highlights

Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland- Free Event
Saturday, December 15th – 2pm -6pm

Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special featuring Apollo Stars of Tomorrow with Guest Artist The OMG Girlz
Saturday, December 15th -7:30pm

Sweet Honey In The Rock: Celebrating The Holydays
Thursday, December 20th - 8pm

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night
Friday, December 28th at 7:30pm

This December, the Apollo Theater will present a series of holiday programs designed to celebrate family, culture, music, comedy and community. Throughout its legendary history, the Apollo has consistently been a model of innovation and excellence, and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the nation. This year’s holiday programming represents the range and vibrancy of the Theater’s artistic offerings.

Saturday, December 15th - 2pm -6pm
Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland
Before the show, the Apollo and Coca-Cola are partnering to bring the magic of the Holiday season to Harlem. Under the Apollo’s iconic marquee, Coca-Cola will offer a variety of holiday-themed activities and performances free and open to the public. The festivities include picture taking with Santa Claus, giveaways and performances by two of New York City’s best choirs, ARC Gospel Choir and Refining Faith. Additionally, in the spirit of giving, the Apollo will be a designated location for a toy drive benefiting HELPUSA, a non-profit dedicated to providing housing and the supportive services necessary for the homeless. Hosted by Billy Mitchell, Apollo Theater historian and tour director. This event is free and open to the public

Saturday, December 15th -7:30pm
Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special featuring Apollo Stars of Tomorrow With Guest Artists the OMG Girlz
The legendary Apollo Theater lights up this holiday season with the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special, the 3rd Annual event under its signature program Amateur Night, showcasing recent winners of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category. Featuring an incredibly talented array of instrumentalists, singers and dancers from ages 8-18, this program captures the spirit of young performers all hoping to follow in the footsteps of Apollo Legends like Michael Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald, whose careers were launched on the stage of the Apollo. Sponsored by Coca-Cola Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special will be hosted by Capone.

Stars of Tomorrow Performers include: Solomon Hicks, Arianna Dempsey, Tiffany Obi, Austin Paul, Jr., Lianah St. Ana, Andrew Malabunga, Matthew Whitaker, Hannah Richardson, The Midas Touch, Mirei Tohyama and Michael Woodard.

Special Guest Artist: The OMG Girlz is a teenage girl singing group whose current members include Bahja “Beauty” Rodriguez, Breaunna “Baby Doll” W. and Zonnique “Star” Pullins. The group was formed by Grammy Award winning Singer/Songwriter, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, formerly of the multi-platinum girl group, Xscape. The OMG Girlz have quickly risen in popularity with their hit “Gucci This (Gucci That)” and have been featured on BET’s 106 & Park and as part of the Scream Tour with Diggy Simmons in 2011.

Tickets are $19, $25 and $29. Groups & families (4 or more): $9.50, $12.50, and $14.50. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253
West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets on Sale Now!

Thursday, December 20th - 8pm
Sweet Honey In The Rock: Celebrating The Holydays
This internationally renowned all-female a capella ensemble, will star in a one-of-a-kind holiday season concert on the legendary Apollo stage! Sweet Honey In The Rock will celebrate music from many faiths and religions around the globe through stunning vocals rooted in the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions. With American spirituals, Latin, Chinese, African and Hebrew influences, this program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa. This concert marks the first time this Grammy Award winning troupe, will headline at the Apollo. In 2009, Sweet Honey In The Rock performed as part of an African American cultural legacy festival.

Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Shirley Childress Saxton (American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter ) comprise the current ensemble. The group has incorporated ASL into their live performances since the early '80s.

Tickets are $25, $45, $65 and $75 Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000,
http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Friday, December 28th at 7:30pm
Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night
The Apollo Theater celebrates Kwanzaa with its popular annual show, featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, guest performances by the Songhai Djeli and Flute Visions and Queen GodIs and members of the Harlem Children’s Zone/Forces of Nature’s Youth Academy. Since 2006, the Apollo has established an annual show to celebrate this holiday tradition on one day of the Kwanzaa holiday. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community, and culture. Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company, Regeneration Night Kwanzaa Celebration has become a fun and affordable Apollo tradition for the entire family. Hosted by radio personality Imhotep Gary Byrd.

Tickets are $16; Groups (5 or more): $13. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000,
http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Apollo Theater Information
Box Office Hours:    
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri – 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday – 10:00 am - 8:30 pm    
Saturday – 12:00 pm - 6:00pm

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 its legacy. New Apollo programming has music as its core, driving 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 http://www.apollotheater.org.

Holidays at the Apollo is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. Additional support for the Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night provided by Macys.

The Apollo's annual season is made possible by lead support from The Coca-Cola Company, JPMorgan Chase & Co., The Parsons Family Foundation, the Ronald O. Perelman Family Foundation, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Reginald Van Lee New Works Fund, Ford Foundation Fund for Global Programs, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Folonari Wines, the Apollo Board of Directors and many other generous donors.

Lead annual support is also provided by public funds from the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council; with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.     

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Contact: Nina Flowers, Director of Public Relations & Communications
212.531.5334
Nina.Flowers(at)apollotheater(dot)org


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