‘Harlem 100’ comes to Carlson Center


Posted by Bob Evans

Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center Presents

Harlem 100 – A Celebration of the Harlem Renaissance

Featuring Mwenso & the Shakes with Special Guests

   Brianna Thomas, Michela Marino Lerman and Vuyo Sotashe

Nov. 10 at Yardley Hall


Harlem 100

 The 2019 – 2020 season of the Carlsen Center Presents Series continues with Harlem 100 – A Celebration of the Harlem Renaissance, on Sunday, November 10, 7 p.m. in Yardley Hall.

One of the country’s greatest artistic eras, the Harlem Renaissance gave us the music of Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday and more. Soak in the sights and sounds of the legendary artists who made Harlem the cultural center of the country. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and JMG Live, Harlem 100, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, is a multimedia homage to musicians, singers and dancers of the Harlem Renaissance who performed in such famed venues as the Apollo Theatre and Cotton Club. Featuring the music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Bessie Smith and more, Harlem 100 celebrates one of the most influential artistic movements of our country and gives insight into Harlem then and now. Hosted by Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, Harlem 100 will also include guest vocalists Brianna Thomas and Vuyo Sotashe and featuring Michela Marino Lerman, tap dancer extraordinaire.

Community Events

FREE reception and Harlem 100 lecture

Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City

Wed., Nov. 6 at 6 p.m.

1722 E. 17th Terr.

Kansas City, MO 64108

 Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks provided. Tour the Black Archives exhibition hall, then hear a short lecture about the history of the Harlem Renaissance, presented by Dr. Carmaletta Williams, Executive Director.

Reservations required here.

 Ticket Information

Tickets may be purchased online www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter or by phone (913) 469-4445. Season ticket packages which include a purchase of five events (or more) are available for a 10% discount. Donors to the Friends of the Carlsen Center (starting at $50) receive a 15% discount off season ticket packages.

 For more information about the 2019-2020 the Carlsen Center Presents Series at Johnson County Community College, and a full list of performers, visit www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter.

 Carlsen Center Presents 2019-2020 Season At A Glance

 Oct. 25             Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Oct. 26             Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio*

Oct. 27             Jake Shimabukuro, Ukulele

Nov. 2              National Dance Company of Siberia

Nov. 8              Cirque Mechanics: 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Nov. 9              Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Nov. 10            Harlem 100 – A Celebration of the Harlem Renaissance

Nov. 22            Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood—The Scared Scriptless Tour

Dec. 8              Winterlude—Ensemble Ibérica—Siento y Vivo (I Feel and Live)*

Dec. 17            Bandstand

Jan. 18             Bomsori Kim, Violin—In Recital*

Jan. 19             Winterlude—Eboni Fondren*

Feb. 7               Anderson & Roe—Piano Duo*

Feb. 9               Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5: circlesongs

Feb. 14-16       Mrs. Krishnan’s Party+-a partnership with Johnson County Parks and Recreation

Feb. 15-16       An American in Pari (matinee and evening performances)

Feb. 21             The Choir of Man

Feb. 23             Winterlude—Gerald Spaits Sax & Violins*

Feb. 26             Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! The Musical!

Mar. 6              Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait*

Mar. 7              Danú St. Patrick’s Celebration

Mar. 11            SEEDS*

Mar. 15            Winterlude—Nate Nall Quintet*

Mar. 19            Quartet San Francisco*-Masters of Pop: The Beatles and Beyond

Mar. 20-21       DRUM TAO 2020

Apr. 2              The Reminders*

Apr. 3              Piff The Magic Dragon (magic and comedy)

May 9              Alonzo King LINES Ballet

 * Events held in Polsky Theatre, JCCC

 About Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College

The Carlsen Center is Johnson County’s performing arts center. Early on, the founders of Johnson County Community College (JCCC) dreamed of building a world-class performing arts venue in Johnson County, Kansas. In 1990, that dream was realized, and the center soon became a cultural hub for the rapidly growing county. The Carlsen Center’s growth parallels that of Johnson County, expanding from 50 events the first season to around 150 annually today. Events include Carlsen Center Presents (CCP), the annual series of around 25 events presented by JCCC that feature professional, internationally known artists in a wide variety of genres; academic branches of JCCC; and community groups who rent the space.

 Since 2000, with the development of the Carlsen Center Arts Education program, the Carlsen Center also addresses cultural and art-related program needs in K-12 education. The CC Arts Education programs include school performances at the Carlsen Center, and engagement activities with artists performing in schools. Master classes, lecture/demonstrations, workshops and other opportunities for interaction with students happen throughout the year. CC Arts Education  also offers support materials for programs, study guides, concert previews, plus professional development – creative skills workshops and curriculum-building seminars for teachers in arts integration.

 The CC Arts Education had a leadership role in the re-establishment of the Kansas Alliance for Arts Education, and in 2014 was named a Kennedy Center Partners in Education site, teamed with the Shawnee Mission School District. An expansion of the Kennedy Center Partnership occurred in 2018 with the addition of the Liberty Schools and in 2019 with the addition of Kansas City Young Audiences,  making it one of two cross-state Kennedy Center Partnerships in the US. CC Arts Ed is the only Kennedy Center Partner in the state of Kansas.

 For more information, please visit www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter.

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