In celebration of Black History Month and Apollo’s 80th Anniversary, the Theater will open its doors for a FREE weekend to give visitors a glimpse into our rich history with a sneak preview of our future activities. Open House Weekend will feature live performance and a family workshop.


Hush Arbor: Living Legacies of African American Spirituals with Imani Uzuri           

All will be invited to share in communal singing of inspiring songs such as “This Little Light of Mine”, “Deep River” and “Wade In The Water”. Bring a tambourine, rattle, small drum or just your feet to stomp, your hands to clap and your voices to sing!

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Open House Weekend will culminate with a rousing gospel concert starring the incomparable Apollo Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar on Sunday, February 9th at 5pm, hosted by WBLS’s Liz Black and featuring Refining Faith. No stranger to the Apollo stage, Pastor Caesar first performed at the Theater in the 1950’s, as a part of Thurman Ruth’s Gospel Caravan. Born in Durham, North Carolina, Shirley Caesar began singing at a young age, singing in church with her father and her siblings. Her professional career began at the age of 18 when she joined The Caravans, the renowned gospel group that featured other influential gospel singers, such as Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews and Reverend James Cleveland. She left The Caravans in 1966 to pursue a solo career, and continues to record solo, as well as with others. 

FREE and open to the public.


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 Saturday, February 8th Open House Weekend