Behind the Scenes: Music on Stage & Screen Panel Held At The Apollo 1/23

Behind the Scenes: Music on Stage & Screen Panel Held At The Apollo 1/23

On Monday, January 23, 2012, Behind the Scenes: Music on Stage & Screen, a free panel discussion highlighting careers in music, will take place at the Apollo Theater, presented by the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, the Apollo Theater Education Program, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, (ASCAP), as part of the "Made in NY" Industry Series. The "Made in NY" Industry Series is a series of free discussions providing New Yorkers with an inside look at the media and entertainment industry. The panel begins at 6:30pm and is open to the public.

The panel will be made up of a mix of music and theatre professionals who will share stories about how they found the right note that led them to successful careers. They'll share behind the scenes tales from their varied backgrounds and offer advice to those interested in pursuing a career in music on stage and in film and television. A Q&A session will follow.

The panel will be moderated by Alan Simon, the creator of On Location Education, which offers on-set education services for film, television and theatre productions. He is also the co-author of The Young Performer's Guide: How to Break into Show Business and is an active member of the Broadway League.

Panelists for Behind the Scenes: Music on Stage & Screen include:

Kimberly Grigsby – music director, conductor (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Spring Awakening, The Light in the Piazza)

Rosena M. Hill – vocalist (The Color Purple, Spamalot, Oklahoma)

DIEDRE L. Murray – composer; jazz instrumentalist; musical adaptor (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Best of Both Worlds, The Voice Within)

Glenn Slater – lyricist (Sister Act, The Little Mermaid, Love Never Dies)

ANTWAN "AMADEUS" THOMPSON – CEO, Platinum Boy Music; record producer, Sean 'Diddy' Combs' The Hitmen production team

The panel begins at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6pm. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. RSVP to Panelists are subject to change. The Apollo Theater is located at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Sign language interpretation will be available at the event.

To learn more about upcoming events for the "Made in NY" Industry Series, visit

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