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Allison Christensen, 360 MAGAZINE, ILLUSTRATION, MUSIC

Gibson Presents Live Concert

Gibson, the iconic, American-made, leading instrument brand, is proud to partner with the legendary Apollo Theater for the “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit To Support The Apollo” benefit concert.

The celebration marks the launch of a partnership between Gibson and the Apollo Theater which will include collaborations on future show programming, music education initiatives, music preservation, and support established and emerging talent.

The live, free virtual benefit concert will kick off Black Music Month in June and will offer critical support to safeguard the ground-breaking institution’s future following the unprecedented cancellation of more than 100 programs due to COVID-19.

Tune in to watch the “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit To Support The Apollo” live stream this coming Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT at www.apollotheater.org.

“Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” is sponsored by Gibson, through the Gibson Gives foundation. The free benefit concert will showcase an array of special guests delivering poems and performances dedicated to the memory of those who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

The landmark livestream event features performances by “CAPTAIN” KIRK DOUGLAS OF THE ROOTS, KOOL & THE GANG, GARY CLARK JR., ROBERT RANDOLPH, RAY CHEW, MICHAEL MCDONALD, LIL BUCK & JON BOOGZ, KEB MO, CELISSE HENDERSON, INFINITY’S SONG, MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH and DJ REBORN as well as special appearances from DIONNE WARWICK, DOUG E. FRESH, ROY WOOD JR. and more to be announced.

During the show, artists will perform the music of Apollo legends such as B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, and Stevie Wonder, and highlight the Apollo’s 86-year contribution to arts and culture. The “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” concert will also be available for free streaming by media partner, TIDAL. “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” is part of Apollo Sound, which celebrates Black Music Month in June and illuminates the power of music to transform, build community, and heal. DJ D-Nice–the resident DJ for the Apollo’s annual benefit for eight years–will kick-off the month-long Apollo Sound celebration on Monday, June 1 by dedicating his wildly popular Instagram Live Club Quarantine dance party to the Apollo Theater. The “Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater” event is part of the non-profit Theater’s campaign to raise $4 million in immediate funding support.

In addition to raising funds for the Apollo’s innovative artistic and educational programs–which serve more than 200,000 people annually–a portion of the resources raised will go towards a micro-grant initiative for local small businesses. Support for the Apollo Theater remains crucial as we all continue to navigate the negative economic effects of COVID-19 on the performing arts and entertainment fields. The Apollo Theater is committed to providing virtual programming and preparing for the next season of world-class live performances, community, and education programs. Any contribution over $75 qualifies for an Apollo Membership and supports staff salaries, teaching artists, performers, and artistic and educational programs.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Apollo Theater, visit HERE

“For more than eight decades, the Apollo Theater’s strength and resiliency have been as constant as the talent on our stages, but like non-profit organizations around the world, we are facing an unparalleled challenge.

“Immediate additional funding is critical for us at this time, and I am incredibly grateful to the generous donors and friends who have supported the Theater since we closed our doors in March,” said Jonelle Procope, Apollo Theater President & CEO.

“I hope this online celebration inspires people across the globe to come together and enjoy the sounds of the Apollo, as well as support the Theater’s mission to champion Black culture and the arts of the African diaspora. Through such generosity, we will be able to give back directly to the vibrant Harlem community that has supported us for many years.”

“Music is one of the world’s enduring gifts, and its power to connect, transform, and heal has always been center stage at the Apollo,” said Kamilah Forbes, Apollo Theater Executive Producer.

“Although our stages remain dark, the Apollo sound has never been more vibrant, and I’m grateful to DJ D-Nice for sharing it, and to Gibson for its support in helping us amplify our musical soundtrack while also raising funds for the Theater and our neighbors in Harlem.”

“We are thrilled to shine a light on the history of the Apollo, an American institution that needs our attention and support to stay intact during these times,” says Nat Zilkha, Partner at KKR and Chairman of Gibson Brands.

“Gibson gives artists the tools they need to re-imagine American music and the Apollo gives artists the iconic space to entertain generations to come. We look forward to a long partnership with the Apollo Theater supporting their programs and the artists who inspire our entire culture.”

About the Apollo Theater

The legendary Apollo Theater—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world. With music at its core, the Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo; 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella; and the annual Africa Now! Festival.

The non-profit Apollo Theater is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals, large-scale dance and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations. Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R., D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben Ari; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy.

About Gibson Gives

The Gibson Gives | Gibson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) committed to introduce, inspire, and amplify the power of music through guitars across all generations, genres, and genders. For over 126 years Gibson has been shaping, contributing, and supporting sound through their guitars. Gibson realized early on that getting instruments into the hands of those with a desire to make music is a truly life-changing event. Gibson Gives (Gibson Foundation) has since provided thousands of guitars and related value-in-kind in excess of $30 million. In 2019, Gibson Gives committed to donating 1,000 guitars over the next 1000 days and is ahead, having donated 160 guitars in just four months.

Gibson Gives played a lead role in supporting the ‘Do it for the Love’ Foundation, outfitted Maplewood High School in Nashville with multiple guitars for a music room—through Gibson Gives partner Give A Note –and played it forward donating 48 guitars and 19,000 string sets to Guitars For Vets to bring the power of music to returning U.S. military veterans with PTSD. Gibson Gives is off to a solid start in 2020 with 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives going towards giving the gift of music. The mission of Gibson Gives is to make music matter to more people in more ways…one guitar at a time!

About Gibson

Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships, and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger, and the Gibson Pro Audio division KRK Systems. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation, and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands.

Greensboro Symphony × “NOT SO CLASSICAL”

THIS WEEK, TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY: SEPTEMBER 28 & 30  

The internationally renowned Greensboro Symphony,(Music Director, Dmitry Sitkovetsky) launches their 58th season with an entirely new concept of experiencing classical music: Not So Classical – a hybrid film/live concert performance produced & directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker David Donnelly. This world-premiere orchestral event takes place this week, September 28 and 30 at 8PM, at the historic Carolina Theatre. Not So Classical is presented as part of the Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series.

 

Through five film vignettes, Not So Classical will explore the human relationship with music and the impact it has throughout every phase of life. Footage includes interviews with dozens from Greensboro community, including Symphony musicians, Director Dmitry Sitkovetsky, board members, community leaders, young professionals in an exciting tale of Greensboro’s, and its Symphony’s, growth and transformation.”Not So Classical” also featuresactor Ken Jeong. Known across the country as the star of The Hangover film trilogy and TV’s”Community,” in “Not So Classical,” Ken talks about his experience growing up in Greensboro and his music education in his hometown.

 

“When you listen to a piece of music that feels like it was written just for you, but was composed in a different time and place, it broadens your understanding of what it means to be human,” says Donnelly. For the uninitiated, the presentation of classical music can often prove challenging. “We are trying to change that, one person at a time,” he says.

 

For this unique, world-premiere experience, GSO interweaves the video narrative with performances of four classical masterpieces: Franz Joseph Haydn’s Overture Lo special; W.A. Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G major; Frederic Chopin’s Prelude No. 15 for string orchestra in D flat major and Alexander Borodin’s Symphony No. 2. This 90-minute, no intermission performance will represent an unprecedented cinematic & musical experience for audiences, providing patrons a lens through which to view the music and a new way of understanding the classical repertoire.It is no coincidence this kind of visionary project coincides with the construction of the GSO’s soon-to-be new home: the $78 million Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensboro.

 

“It’s exciting to see the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra do this live, hybrid musical show,” says Jeong. “You are really reaching across many generations to share this deep appreciation for music, and I think it’s pretty innovative.” Jeong indicated that his musical training impacts his career to this day. “When I think of my own acting, I think in terms of music and I think in terms of flow,” he says. “There’s a rhythm, there’s a music, there’s a cadence to it – whether I know it or not, we are always looking for that flow artistically, and I think that comes from my music background.”

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION: The Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series presents The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. “Not So Classical, ” September 28 and 30 at 8PM at The Carolina Theatre (310 S. Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401). Tickets are $46, $40, $34, with $6 student tickets available. For tickets and information call the GSO Box Office, 336-335-5456 x224, or visit www.GreensboroSymphony.org. 
 

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

GREENSBORO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (GSO). Founded in 1959, the GSO is the only fully professional orchestral ensemble in the Greater Greensboro area, touching the lives of over 100,000 Piedmont residents with its Masterworks, POPS, Chamber, Holiday and Education concerts. In its 2017-2018 Masterworks series, the GSO features talent from around the world, from newly minted competition winners to universally acclaimed celebrities. The POPS series continues to show the full diversity of the GSO by pulling from Doo Wop, Motown, Classic Rock and Broadway genres. Through its Chamber series, the GSO gives audiences a more intimate concert experience with the artists as they perform piano and string chamber works. The GSO also continues its Keep Kids in Tune educational programming, which serves over 50,000 children throughout the Piedmont Triad. Learn more about the GSO on their website.

 

KEN JEONG. Ken Jeong has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars, best known as Mr. Chow from THE HANGOVER trilogy and Señor Ben Chang from the critically acclaimed series COMMUNITY. Since his film debut in KNOCKED UP, he has gone on to a number of memorable roles including ROLE MODELS, THE DUFF, TRANSFORMERS 3, and DESPICABLE ME 2. Jeong was most recently seen starring in ABC’s DR. KEN, which he also created, wrote for and was an Executive Producer. Learn more about Ken on his website.

 

DMITRY SITKOVETSKY.A magnetic creative force, Dmitry Sitkovetsky has made a considerable impact on every aspect of musical life and has been successful as a performer, creator and facilitator for over four decades. His enviable career as a violin soloist is documented in several dozen recordings of all major concertos and a wide selection of chamber repertoire. Also renowned as a prolific arranger, Mr. Sitkovetsky has arranged over 50 works by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Schnittke, as well as Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations and Chopin’s Preludes.

 

As a conductor, Mr. Sitkovetsky has held artistic leadership positions with the Ulster Orchestra, the Russian State Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon. In 1990, he founded the New European Strings orchestra (NES), bringing together the most distinguished string players from the top European ensembles for special touring and recording projects. As a guest conductor, Mr. Sitkovetsky recently collaborated with Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Moscow Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, China Philharmonic, among others. He has been the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony since 2003. Learn more about Dmitry on his website.

 

DAVID DONNELLY. David Donnelly is an award-winning American filmmaker, writer and artist. He has written, directed, and produced numerous music videos, short films, and feature length documentaries. He has worked with some of the most brilliant talent alive, including NY times best-selling authors, Grammy award winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Hollywood A-list talent. His educational films are utilized in thousands of classrooms across North America and his paintings and conceptual art continue to garner international patronage.   

 

In late 2015, Donnelly released his first feature length documentary Maestro starring Paavo Jarvi, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, and Lang Lang. Since then, Maestro has been translated into ten languages and is airing on over 20 international networks spanning five continents. Most importantly it is utilized as a much-needed resource for music educators. Donnelly is also the author of the viral Huffington Post essay “Why Failing Orchestras are the Problem of Every American.” 

 

Donnelly is the executive producer of the award-winning documentary Gabe, set for an early 2018 release. He is the director of Forte, Of the Americas, Take a Breath, and Nordic Pulse, all feature length documentaries focusing on the world of classical music and scheduled for international release throughout 2018 and 2019. In 2017 alone, Donnelly will film in over 15 countries. His work has been screened at some of America’s most cherished cultural institutions including the Whitney Museum and Curtis Institute of Music. He is the creator of the visionary hybrid film/concert Not So Classical, and is the founder of Culture Monster. Learn more about David on his website.

“NOT SO CLASSICAL” IS SPONSORED BY:

Thursday, September 28, 2017 Saturday, September 30, 2017

Well Spring & Rentenbach Greensboro Symphony Guild

     

      

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY:
The Cemala Foundation, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Downtown Greensboro Inc, Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau, and through the support of ArtsGreensboro, thanks to the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation Special Needs and Innovation Fund.

 

For more information please visit the Greensboro Symphony at their website.

 

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