A Musical Salute to Black History Month at The American Museum of Natural History NYC! Sat 2/18 Noon to 6pm

The American Museum of Natural History 
in association with 
Community Works 
and New Heritage Theatre Group
Global Weekends
The African-American Musical Mosaic
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Noon-6 pm
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
Hall of African Peoples, Kaufmann Theater,
LeFrak IMAX Theater
FREE with Museum
American Museum of Natural History
African American Musical Mosaic
Dear Voza,

Please be our guest at this very special musical presentation, featuring the creative sounds of a very special group of talented performers celebrating Black History Month.
Join Claude Jay, The Harlem Quartet, The First Corinthian Baptist Church Choir, Sandra Reaves Phillips, IMPACT Repertory Theatre, and Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC for an amazing musical journey and afternoon.
Voza Rivers
Executive Producer
New Heritage Theatre Group

Noon: Mancala Games with Alex de Voogt

Hall of African Peoples
Try your hand at this fun and challenging game.
Mancala is played with seeds, stones, or shells on rows of cup-shaped holes and is found all over Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America.


12:30 pm: Claude Jay
claude jay 
Birds of the World
Charismatic gospel and soul singer Claude Jay ushers in
the festive day with an uplifting set of inspirational classics.


Kaufman Theatre Auditorium
Doors Open at 12:30 PM
Hosted by WBGO Jazz 88.3FM Weekend Jazz After Hours host Sheila Anderson 
1:00 pm: Harlem Quartet
harlem quartet
 Listen to the Harlem Quartet as they celebrate diversity in classical music and interpret works by Mozart,  and the jazz sounds of Chick Corea,
Wynton Marsalis, and Billy Strayhorn among others.


1:45 pm: First Corinthian Baptist Church Choir
first corinthian choir 
Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church Choir brings audiences to
their feet with soul-stirring renditions of spiritual and gospel songs.


2:30 pm: Charles Mack
charles mack 
Charles Mack – Oscar and Grammy nominated song writer, composer,
 and musical director of Harlem’s Award winning IMPACT Repertory Theatre
will perform original and contemporary sounds from R&B to gospel.


3:15 pm: Sandra Reaves-Phillips: Gospel Expressions 
Featuring The Twentieth Century Gospel Ensemble
sandra reaves phillips 
Singer and award winning Broadway actress
Sandra Reaves-Phillips performed the title song in the film
“Lean On Me” with Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman. On and off-Broadway she has appeared in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, One Mo Time, Stompin at the Savoy and Blues in the Night. She seamlessly transforms her image and her voice to capture the essences of legendary singers, from Bessie Smith to Mahalia Jackson.
LeFrak IMAX Theater
Doors Open at 4:00 PM
Complimentary tickets available day of event
Hosted by former fashion model & CNN journalist Gail O’Neill 
4:30 pm: IMPACT Repertory Theatre
impact at the apollo 
This popular Harlem group received a standing ovation for its 2008 televised Oscar performance of “Raise it Up” in the critically acclaimed film “August Rush.” IMPACT inspires its audiences with soulful stirring original music, dancing
and contemporary sounds from spoken word, R&B, and Hip Hop.
They’ll perform “Raise it Up” as part of this afternoon’s program.


5:15 pm: Conversation with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
Co-founder of legendary rap group Run-DMC, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
(thekingdmc.com) is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Emmy Award winner. McDaniels continues to release numerous albums, including his newest, Rock Solid, and is a special advocate for adoptees and children in foster care. Enjoy an up-close and personal chat with DMC, moderated by Gail O’Neill.
Q&A to follow.


5:45 pm: Closing Concert 
The “King of Rock” Darryl “DMC” McDaniels rocks the house with Run-DMC favorites and powerful new singles.The celebration closes with an uplifting collaboration between DMC and IMPACT Repertory Theatre .


6:30 pm: Closing Remarks
A special meet and greet with DMC will follow the concert
in the Grand Gallery, first floor.