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Harlem Stage Virtual Concert & Fundraiser


Featuring New and Archival Performances by
Nona Hendryx, José James, Jason Moran, and More

Hosted by
Award-Winning Broadway, Television and Film Actor, LaChanze,
Producer, Director, and Award-Winning Actor, Tamara Tunie,
and Award-Nominated, Rising Broadway Actor, Celia Rose Gooding

Monday, May 18, 2020, at 7:00 PM via
Facebook and Instagram

On Monday, May 18, 2020, at 7:00 pm, Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown performing arts venue will host an online premiere celebration on Facebook and Instagram in place of its annual spring gala. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Harlem Stage is forced to cancel its an in-person event but is pleased to premiere a virtual event to be enjoyed by all arts and culture lovers. ​

The online event is a tribute to artists, activists, and creators, and celebrates Harlem Stage’s more than 35 years as an institution known for commissioning and presenting new, innovative work that reflects and responds to the complex conditions that shape the lives of artists and communities of color.

Celebrating Harlem Stage will be hosted by award-winning Broadway, television and film actor, LaChanze, producer, director, and award-winning actor, Tamara Tunie, and award-nominated, rising Broadway actor, Celia Rose Gooding.​ Hosts and Harlem Stage will be responding to live comments throughout the event.

Viewers can see new and archival musical performances by legendary rock star Nona Hendryx fresh off the heels of her multi-sensory WaterWorks commissioned performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this spring. Also featured will be jazz pianist, composer, and MacArthur Genius Jason Moran, jazz and hip-hop star José James, Harlem Stage WaterWorks artist, Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité and other musical guests. The gala will feature special appearances by MSNBC host and anchor, Joy Reid, dance legend Bill T. Jones, stars of television and film, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, hip-hop pioneer, Fab 5 Freddy, star of television and film, Tate Donovan, among others.

Like so many arts organizations, especially those dedicated to serving artists of color and making their work accessible to the community, Harlem Stage is facing economic challenges like never before. Due to the cancellation of their annual spring gala, their most critical fundraiser of the year, Harlem Stage is facing a significant revenue gap that could undermine their ability to continue the mission they have so proudly championed for more than 35 years.

The event can be viewed on Harlem Stage’s Facebook and Instagram channels via the below links.

Donations are welcome to ensure the continued existence of Harlem Stage and its ability to discover support, and commission works by visionary artists of color, and present those works at low, or no cost, to the community. To donate, please click: DONATE NOW

“The closure of performing arts venues due to COVID-19 has been difficult for artists, administrators, stakeholders, and for audiences. This online celebration will showcase our mission to a wider audience and hopefully raise the critical funds needed to continue to support visionary artists of color whose daring works inspire and uplift our community and our world” said Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage.

Major support for this event provided by Manhattan Beer Distributors, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., WarnerMedia, LLC/HBO, SESAC, and others. For a complete list of sponsors and supporters visit https://www.harlemstage.org/gala2020

For more information on Harlem Stage: www.harlemstage.org

For a full list of donors, please visit: https://www.harlemstage.org/support/

Facebook: facebook.com/myharlemstage

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harlemstage/?hl=en


A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.


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