The Apollo Theater, a leading not-for-profit performing arts institution and one of the nation’s greatest cultural treasures, today announced the star-studded line up for its 11 th Annual Spring Gala—its biggest fundraising even t of the year—to be held on Monday, June 13 at 7pm. The concert portion of the evening will feature performances by legendary R&B group , The O’Jays, and rising star Leon Bridges vocalists, and Andra Day and will be hosted by LL COOL J.
“The Apollo Theater is a launching pad for up-and-coming artists through programs like Amateur Night, Apollo Music Café, and the new Apollo Comedy Club and, at this year’s Spring Gala; we’re excited not only to showcase the legends that have paved the way, but to also give a platform to the voices and talent of today. In addition to artistic programming and initiatives, our annual Spring Gala helps to support our educational programs that help nurture the creative spirit of music and culture in Harlem and across the world,” stated Jonelle Procope, president & CEO of The Apollo Theater.
Each year at the Spring Gala, the Apollo also recognizes a corporation for its outstanding philanthropy and community leadership. This year’s recipient of the Corporate Award is Viacom. Philippe Dauman, executive chairman, president and CEO of Viacom, will accept on behalf of the organization. The Award portion of the evening will be hosted by Jonelle Procope with the Corporate Award being presented by Charles Phillips.
Mr. Dauman said, “It is a great honor to accept the corporate award for community leadership from an institution as legendary as the Apollo Theater. Our organizations share a deep commitment to advancing creative voices in American culture and honoring African-American artists, and Viacom applauds their outstanding work.”
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The Apollo Spring Gala will begin with a special ceremony to induct legendary recording artist Prince into the Apollo Walk of Fame to be held that afternoon, and continues with red carpet arrivals followed by an award ceremony and a concert with Musical Director Ray Chew (Dancing with the Stars) at the helm. The evening will also include special tributes to the trailblazing artists that have been lost in 2016. The night culminates with a much buzzed about afterparty held in a stylish tent created by celebrity event planner and Apollo board member Bronson van Wyck. This year’s afterparty will feature a special Let’s Go Crazy Dance Tribute with DJ D-Nice spinning a dedicated set to the sounds of Prince’s diverse and extensive catalogue.
Tickets for the 2016 Spring Gala are now on sale. To purchase Gala tickets or to make a donation to the Apollo Theater, call 212-531-5330.
For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org .