Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson & More Set for Apollo Theatre's 2014 Spring Gala, 6/10
The Apollo Theater, a leading not-for-profit performing arts institution, announced that its 2014 annual Spring Gala will be transformed into an epic birthday celebration in honor of the storied Theater's 80th anniversary, Tuesday, June 10, at 7pm. Departing from its tradition of inducting legends into the Apollo Hall of Fame, this year's Gala will celebrate the eight decades of artistic brilliance that has been presented on the Apollo stage since 1934. The evening will include special tribute performances by the music industry's biggest artists, some of whom call the Apollo their musical home, including Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, The Isley Brothers, and more. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning and Grammy nominated entertainer Wayne Brady.
"Over the last 80 years, the Apollo Theater has been a constant in changing the face of popular music and culture here in Harlem and across the world. Some of the world's most legendary artists have not only graced this stage, but were nurtured and developed at the Apollo in the beginning of their careers," stated Jonelle Procope, president & CEO of The Apollo Theater. "Instead of honoring one or a few Legends, this year's gala will pay homage to and spotlight the eight decades of music at the Apollo that changed entertainment forever. "
Additionally, the Apollo will present Richard D. Parsons with the Leadership Award in honor of his many years of leadership and service to the Apollo. Parsons has served as Chairman of the Board for the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., since 2001 during which he has played an integral role in the revitalization of the Theater. This one of a kind award will be presented by Ronald O. Perelman.
Each year at the Spring Gala, the Apollo also recognizes a corporation for its outstanding philanthropy and community leadership. This year's recipient of the Corporate Award is BNY Mellon. Chairman & CEO Gerald L. Hassell will accept on behalf of BNY Mellon.