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September 2022

Dear Friends,

As summer starts to wind down, I hope you find moments of joy and rejuvenation while you look ahead to the fall. At the Apollo, the joy never stops, and we are immensely excited to share our upcoming fall season with you. The season centers on the theme “The Next Movement,” which honors the Apollo’s dynamic energy and forward motion along with the audiences and artists that we serve.

From musical performances, cutting-edge dances, and insightful conversations with cultural icons, there is no shortage of events for everyone. A few of our season highlights include:

  • A conversation with fashion icon and British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful ahead of the U.S. release of his memoir, A Visible Man, and just in time for Fashion Week 
  • Camille A. Brown’s ink, featuring Brown alongside her company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, in two performances that will mark the legendary choreographer’s final performance on stage as a dancer 
  • A rare U.S. performance by Grammy-winning artist Oumou Sangaré, one of West Africa’s most celebrated vocalists presented in partnership with our friends at World Music Institute 
  • Multi-platinum-selling hip hop artist Fat Joe, who pulls back the curtain on his life and career in a conversation about his new memoir The Book of Jose 
  • The return of Apollo-favorites such as Kwanzaa: Regeneration Celebration featuring Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Apollo Music Café, Comedy Club, and numerous education and community events for all ages 

Wednesday nights continue to electrify our stage with our live and in-person Amateur Night competitions, and we hope to hear your voice in the crowd. For those who have dreamed of finding stardom on the Apollo stage, we’ll also be holding in-person auditions for the next Amateur Night season at the Apollo on September 24. You can learn more about the audition process here 

I’d like to express my immense gratitude for the ongoing support we receive from our generous donors. If you are able, we hope you’ll consider supporting the Apollo’s mission to serve as a beacon for Black culture and center artists of color and their work as we continue to push froward “The Next Movement” by making a donation here. We are excited and honored to have all of you as part of our Apollo family. Onward! 

Sincerely, 

Jonelle Procope
President & CEO 

  

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