Last night at the Atlas Performing Arts Center guests networked and mingled at the Coalition for African Americans in The Performing Arts’ (CAAPA) Melody of Art Pre-Caucus Reception. The music, art and poetry showcase was in celebration of the 43rd Congressional Black Caucus as well as CAAPA’s 10 anniversary season. CAAPA was founded by brother and sister, Victor and Pamela Simonson along with their mother Terri Allen. Over the past decade with the desire to “give back to the community”, CAAPA has been partnering with many different organizations to help make available, resources education and performance opportunities to aspiring and emerging artists and students.
Shortly after light refreshments and mingling, the program began with a very warm welcome from hosts Terri and Dale Allen who then gave way to acknowledgments from the board of directors, officials and other dignitaries some of which included Patrick D. McCoy, David Simmons, Creative Director for the Congressional Chorus, and legendary broadcast journalism royalty, JC Hayward, who serves as Board of Directors Honorary Co-Chair.
Keeping in tune with the theme “Bringing Color to the Classics!”, there were wonderful classical performances by Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts student and pianist, Joshua Jenkins, Flutist, Camille McNeil, operatic tenor Terrence Tarver, soprano Angeli Ferrette, and baritone Kenneth Overton whom were accompanied by Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan and Kevin Miller. There were also poetic presentations from Collective Voices (Sistah Joy, Brenardo, and Lady Di).
Guests were also delighted to take a stroll down “Artisan Row”, a makeshift hall of very interesting artwork and merchandise of featured artisans Frank Frazier , Adrienne Lockhart , Deborah Shedrick, Janice Thacker, and Cindi Williams to name a few. Just before the night ended there were special presentations made in recognition of outstanding service to Assistant Director of Education/Director of Gospel Programs, Kathy Brewington of the Washington Performing Arts Society and Julian Wachner and Dianne Peterson of The Washington Chorus. There was seemingly no stone left unturned to ensure this night of festivities was enjoyed by all. It was very evident that many people worked hard to make this program a success and it was indeed a job well done.
For more information on CAAPA and its future events please visit http://www.4caapa.org