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Arts Organization Culminates 10th Anniversary Year with Gala Featuring Soloman Howard
From a "Gershwin and Grits Brunch Cruise" to a "Rossini on the Rooftop Reception", non-profit arts organization tops off year with a “Phantom of the Opera” themed Gala to help raise awareness for African American classical musicians.
“It is often believed the majority of African Americans lean towards gospel, R & B, jazz and hip hop to fulfill their musical needs, not ever attending an opera”, stated Pamela Simonson, Chairman of the Board of the ten-year old organization and a classically trained soprano. She stressed that while “The Magic Flute” was amazing, the African American community as a whole shies away from attending operas, symphonies and other classical musical performances. Simonson performs regularly with opera companies and rarely sees Blacks in attendance unless it’s “Porgy and Bess”.
“Our organization hopes to change that imbalance”, continued the New York native.
CAAPA’s Executive Director Terri Allen agreed with Simonson stating,
“Only 3% percent of all operas and symphonies have black performers. We hope to dispel the myth that classical music is an elitist art form, performed and has been performed by Blacks for years. Allen pointed out that it was at one of CAAPA’s 10th anniversary 2013-2014 season events that a symposium “Blacks in Classical Music” helped break down musical barriers and enlightened many that classical music has long been a staple in the musical appetites of Blacks. CAAPA’s goal for next season is to offer a similar day-long conference to the community.
“CAAPA’s fundraising events are also musically unique”, pointing out Simonson who emphasized the organization’
CAAPA is a 501c3 organization that provides Community outreach, Arts education, Audience development, Performance opportunities and Arts partnerships. Patrons may purchase tickets to hear Howard or make tax deductible donations on the website, by telephone at 301-839-1444 or send to CAAPA, Post Office Box 44954, Fort Washington, MD 20744.
Coalition for African Americans in Performing Arts