Known for many events featuring some of the most talented celebrities, New York City is definitely the place to be and always fun for a visit. Even more so, Harlem is a place where, jazz, soul, blues, R&B and other musical or artists to congregate.
Over 30 years, Harlem Stage has become one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through the commissioning and presenting of challenging, relevant and topical performances by artists of color and bringing them to socially conscious audiences in the communities it serves. Harlem Stage has a long-standing tradition of supporting such artists
On the evenings of December 13th and December 14th, an elite crowd had the pleasure of experiencing the The Robert Glasper Experiment. The show consisted of performances by Lalah Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Stokley (from Mint Condition), and Questlove.
Pianist Robert Glasper, whose Grammy-nominated “Black Radio” raised his profile this year and took his cross-pollination experiments to proud new heights, closed Harlem Stage’s Fall Season this December 13-14 with “Songs in the Key of Life,” a star-studded tribute to the music of cultural icon Stevie Wonder. It is the third “WaterWorks” commission Harlem Stage presented as part of its 30th anniversary celebration and its acclaimed Uptown Nights music series.
According to Harlem Stage Assistant Director of Programming Simone Eccleston says, “As an institution committed to commissioning and presenting innovative works by artists of color it was important for us to provide Robert the platform and resources needed to bring his creative vision to life. With such an extraordinary ensemble of all-stars in tribute to such a monumental musical figure it will be exciting to hear him explore and transform Wonder’s music and use it a source of inspiration.”
Harlem Stage’s education programs each year provide 10,000 New York City children with access to a world of diverse cultures through the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse – in an abandoned space that was once the source of fresh water flowing to New York City, and is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. For more information, visit www.harlemstage.org.