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This day-long journey, through the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance to the vibrant cultural scene thriving in Harlem today, immerses you in interwoven performances of music, literature, and dance with members of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, musicians from Harlem School of the Arts, leading actors familiar to our Selected Shorts fans, local jazz, and popular musicians, three wandering muses from the acclaimed "Renaissance in the Belly of the Killer Whale," a theatrical musical fashion show, rare film footage, songs by jazz artist Gregory Generet and actor/singer Tamara Tunie, and so much more.

Actors and readers include: Francois Battiste, Francesca Choy-Kee, Chuck Cooper, Brandon J. Dirden, Andre Holland, Peter Francis James, Mikal Lee, Adriane Lenox, Carvens Lissaint, Sonia Manzano, Olga Merediz, Walter Dean Myers, Willie Perdomo, Camille Rankine, Leenya Rideout, Nicole Sealey, and BD Wong.

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NEXT STOP, HARLEM
11:00am-2:00pm

Duke Ellington: "Drop Me Off in Harlem"
Ellington: "It Don't Mean A Thing"
Marsha Perry Starkes and D'Ambrose Boyd, vocals
David Pearl, piano

Excerpts from The Garden of Paradise
Dance Theatre of Harlem School

"Cat Dance"
Music: "March of the Royal Lions" from Camille Saint-Saëns' The Carnival of the Animals
Choreography: Nikki Wilson-Hefko

"Phasianidae"
Music: Ringo
Composer: Ciro Hurtado
Choreography: Rachel Sekyi

"Garden of Paradise Pas de Deux"
Music: The Hours
Composer: Philip Glass
Choreography: Endalyn Taylor

Dance on Film
-Swanee River with Bill Robinson in his famous step dance (1932)
-Medley of The Duke Steps Out, Black Beauty, and Cotton Club Stomp with Duke Ellington and his Orchestra with Fredi Washington(1929)
-Someday Sweetheart with Tessie Maize and her Darktown Strutters (1930)
-Whistle and Blow Your Blues Away and Mandy (1931)

from Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale
"Harlem is Here"
"Swing Street"
featuring Jaylene Clark, Hollis Heath, and Janelle Hinnant
Chyann Sapp, co-producer

an excerpt from Chasing Heaven- a play by Leah Maddrie
featuring Greg Horton, Daniel Carlton, and Linda Kuriloff

Miles Davis: All Blues
Sonny Rollins: St. Thomas
Billy Strayhorn: Take the A Train
Harlem School of the Arts Advanced Jazz Combo
Matthew Whitaker, piano
Franklin Rankin, guitar
Oren Maximov, bass
Dominique Gervais, drums

Laura Kaminsky: Five Songs on Texts by Fauset and Grimké *US Premiere*
1. Your Hands
2. Words! Words!
3. Rencontre
4. I weep
5. Fragment
Christopher Preston Thompson, tenor
Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Renaissance Women
Poetry and prose by Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Dorothy West, and Helene Johnson
Introduced by Sonia Manzano
Performed by Francois Battiste, Chuck Cooper, Adriane Lenox, and Sonia Manzano

Spirituals (arr. Margaret Bonds, arr. for harp by Ashley Jackson)
"Ezek'el Saw the Wheel"
"Sing Aho that I had the Wings of a Dove"
"He's Got the Whole World in his Hands"
Ashley Jackson, harp 
La-Rose Saxon, soprano

Fats Waller: Ain't Misbehavin'
George Gershwin: Embraceable You
Billy Strayhorn:
Take the A Train
Mimi Jones Quintet
Mimi Jones, bass
Camille Thurman, sax, reeds
Tanya Darby, trumpet
Luis Perdomo, piano
Allison Miller, drums

Divas on Film
-St. Louis Blues featuring Bessie Smith
-Boogie Woogie Dream and Unlucky Woman (1938)
with Lena Horne, Pete Johnson, and Albert Ammons, plus Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra


HERE IN HARLEM
2:00pm-5:00pm

George Gershwin: Summertime
Ricky Ian Gordon: from Genius Child - "Borderline," "My People," and "Joy"
Julia Bullock, soprano
Bretton Brown, piano

from Here in Harlem by Walter D. Myers
Walter Dean Myers brings to life the people of his beloved hometown in Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices, a collection of poetic character vignettes published in 2008, inspired by Edgar Lee Masters' classic Spoon River Anthology. Myers' original portraits - a musician, a minister, a hairdresser, a ball player, and more - are interspersed today with new works from New York City poets Carvens Lissaint, Willie Perdomo, Camille Rankine, and Nicole Sealey, commissioned by Symphony Space with support from the Isaiah Fund for new initiatives.
Introduced by Walter Dean Myers
Performed by Francesca Choy-Kee, Brandon Dirden, Andre Holland, Carvens Lissaint, Sonia Manzano, Leenya Rideout, and BD Wong

Scott Joplin: Pine Apple Rag (1908)
Scott Joplin: Rose Leaf Rag (1907)
Darius Milhaud: Trois Rag-Caprices (1922)
Scott Joplin: Scott Joplin's New Rag (1912)
CONTINUUM®
Cheryl Seltzer, piano

Duke Ellington: The Star-Crossed Lovers
Reid Jenkins: Seek and You Shall Find
Duke Ellington: Sophisticated Lady
Columbia University Jazz Ensemble from The Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program
Ole Mathisen, director
Corey Dansereau, trumpet; Eli Aleinikoff, tenor sax; Nat Flack, guitar; Vicente Hansen, drums; Ryan Lakritz, bass; Russell (Sturdy) Adams, piano; Reid Jenkins, violin

from Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale
(a theatre-poetry-dance-music piece)
"Harlem is Here" (reprise)
"Love Letter to Harlem"
"Take Me Back"

Singing Blues & Jazz
Duke Ellington: I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
Frederick Loewe: Almost Like Being In Love
Leon Russell: This Masquerade
Rance Allen: What Is This
Dee Daniels, piano and vocals

Speaking Blues & Jazz
Poetry by Langston Hughes, Lawson Fusao Inada, Rita Dove, Frank Marshall Davis, Gwendolyn Brooks, Terrance Hayes, John Keene, Jayne Cortez, Kevin Young, Cornelius Eady, Willie Perdomo, Billy Collins, Etheridge Knight, and others.
Performed by Francois Battiste, Brandon Dirden, Andre Holland, Adriane Lenox, Leenya Rideout, with Yosvany Terry, saxophone

Jazz Kings on Film
-Cover the Waterfront, Dinah, Tiger Rag featuring Louis Armstrong and Orchestra
-Duke Ellington and Orchestra
-Count Basie

--Neo Soul Dinner and Beer Tasting--
4:00pm-8:00pm
Enjoy a traditional Harlem meal - fried chicken, collard greens, and macaroni & cheese. Catering is by Neo Soul Catering of Sylvia's with Bedelia Woods, the daughter of Harlem's one-and-only Sylvia. Sample beers representing the best of New York City: Sugar Hill Beer, Six Point Brewery, and Bronx Brewery.
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HARLEM SPEAKS
5:00pm-8:00pm

from Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale
(a theatre-poetry-dance-music piece)

"133: Where You Want to Be"
"ABC Buildings"
"Take Me Back" (reprise)

-A discussion about dance with Yvette Campbell, Virginia Johnson, Matthew Rushing, and Carmen de Lavallade. Moderated by Laura Kaminsky-

Ennanga by William Grant Still
Harlem Chamber Players
Brandee Younger, harp; Ashley Horne, violin; Monica Davis, violin; Adam Hill, viola; Lawrence Zoernig, cello; Evelyn Golz, piano 

Urban Word NYC Showcase
Hosted by Mikal Amin Lee and Sonia Manzano
Performances from Darren Arthur, Anthony Rangler, and Crystal Valentine 

 

Langston Hughes: "Weary blues"
Duke Ellington Medley
John Coltrane: Giant Steps
Gil Scott Heron Remix
Evolution of Black music
Classic
Mighty Third Rail
Darian Dauchan, poet, vocals, beatboxer
Curtis Stewart, violin
Ian J. Baggette, bass

Dusk to Night
Poetry and Prose by Langston Hughes, Ann Petry, Wallace Thurman, Willie Perdomo, and others.
Performed by Francois Battiste, Brandon Dirden, Peter Francis James, Adriane Lenox, and Olga Merediz

Josephine Baker on Film
Black Diva in a White Man's World
(2006)
Director: Annete von Wangenheim
Featuring Maurice Hines, Carmen de Lavallade, Arthur Mitchell, Geoffrey Holder, Jean Claude-Baker, Brian Bouillion-Baker, Phyllis Rose, and Joseph Okonowski

--Neo Soul Dinner and Beer Tasting--
4:00pm-8:00pm
Enjoy a traditional Harlem meal - fried chicken, collard greens, and macaroni & cheese. Catering is by Neo Soul Catering of Sylvia's, with Bedelia Woods, the daughter of Harlem's one-and-only Sylvia. Sample beers representing the best of New York City: Sugar Hill Beer, Six Point Brewery, and Bronx Brewery. Live rag time and jazz accompaniment from Jed Distler.
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HARLEM NIGHTS
8:00pm-11:00pm

A Harlem Renaissance Jazz Cabaret
Duke Ellington/Barney Bigard: Mood Indigo
Johnny Green/Edward Heyman: I Cover the Waterfront
Fats Waller: A Good Man is Hard to Find
Bernie Hanigan & Gordon Jenkins: When a Woman Loves a Man
Eubie Blake: I'm Just Wild about Harry
Anonymous: St. James Infirmary
Jack Palmer/Spencer Williams: I Found a New Baby
Duke Ellington: It Don't Mean A Thing
Tamara Tunie and Gregory Generet, vocals
Mike Renzi, musical director and piano,
Benny Benack III, trumpet
Gary Hasse, bass

Twilight in Harlem: A Theatrical/Musical/Fashion Show
Randal Jacobs, creative director
Dario Calmese, stage director
Dandy Wellington, music director
Lana Turner, fashion
Omar Lawrence-Campbell, costume designer

The Cast
Ana ‘Marie' Hoffman (Lana Fontaine)
Royce Barrera (Rhett Freeman)
Special appearance by Carmen de Lavallade (the Mystery Woman)
Rebecca Allan (the Landlady)

The Company
Akira-Adel, Ernesto Araujo, Melvin Clark, Alicia Dellimore, Jude Evans, Dewitt Fleming Jr., Valton Jackson, Natalia Johnson, Nedra Jones, Brian Lawton, Darius Leyland, Terry Lovette, Marcia Meade, Brianna Michelle, Brandon Parker, Yinka Parris, Victor Reddick, Samantha L. Siegal, Jerijah West

Dandy Wellington and His Band
Dandy Wellington, bandleader
Peter Anderson, Stantwan Kendrick, Yunie Mojica, reeds
Michael R. Davis, Wayne Tucker, trumpets
Shannon Barnett, trombone
Jesse Gelber, piano and arrangements
Walter Stinson, bass
Kevin McDonald, drums

The Singing Spirit
The Presence of the Lord is Here
Great and Marvelous
God Be Praised
The 23rd Psalm
I'm Gonna Wait on Jesus
Worship Medley
We Preach Jesus
Total Praise
The Days of Elijah
This Little Light of Mine
O Happy Day
The Inspirational Ensemble of Convent Avenue Baptist Church
Gregory Hopkins, music director

"Uptown" featuring Renee Robinson and The Ailey School
Take a vibrant tour through the Harlem Renaissance era in all its boisterous, swinging glory. In this ballet, choreographed by Matthew Rushing, legends like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Josephine Baker and their contemporaries come alive to the music of Fats Waller, Nat "King" Cole, and more.

Harlem Nights Dance Party
Audience is invited on stage!

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