Many times, more than not, to attend a reception honoring a great musician or artist in D.C. often requires you to “tug at your purse strings” a bit for a price of admission.
The D. C. Area based arts organization Coalition for African-Americans in the Performing Arts (C.A.A.P.A.) is presenting a unique opportunity for the public to join them at a free reception, honoring legendary gospel musician, Howard University Alum and native Washingtonian *Richard Smallwood on the eve of the Congressional Black Caucus. Smallwood is beloved for his unique fusing of traditional gospel and classical music. When asked why Richard Smallwood was selected for this year’s CAAPA Award, CAAPA co-founder Pamela Simonson stated, “What can you say about a legend? His ability to fuse together classical and gospel music is amazing.” “He touches the hearts and spirits of millions. We are honored and humbled to bestow our award on a legend.” Simonson said further. The evening’s festivities will be hosted by Dale and Terri Allen at Bobby McKey’s at The National Harbor.
LISTEN TO SMALLWOOD SPEAK ABOUT HIS UNIQUE STYLE IN A RECENT INTERVIEW
Themed “Melody of Art,” the reception will feature artists, poets and classical musicians. Guest artists featured in performances during the reception include Detra Battle,Terrence Bradford Tarver with pianist Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan, Angeli Ferette, Wayne Jennings, Vaughn McClarrin, poets Collective Voices and visual artists Frank Frazier, among others An annual reception and fundraising event in its 7th year, “Melody of Art” is presented to recognize the 41st Annual Legislative Conference. “As beneficiaries of arts organizations in Long Island (NY), we founded the coalition to provide a vehicle which allows us an opportunity to now give back to the community in a viable way of expression.” brother and sister co-founders Victor and Pamela Simonson. Noted singer and author Stacy Lattisaw is also scheduled to be in attendance at the event.
In addition, this networking opportunity provides congressional leaders and arts professionals a platform to connect in the spirit of President Barack Obama’s initiative focusing on the cultivation and appreciation of the arts. The event takes place on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Bobby McKey’s, located at 172 Fleet Street, at the National Harbor. Featured among the refreshments available for purchase will be an original cocktail called the “Operatini” with the proceeds benefitting the programs of C.A.A.P.A.
Pre-registration for the free event is required. Please RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org for complimentary tickets. Donations to assist the efforts of CAAPA may be made at http://www.4caapa.org.
*The African American Voice in Classical Music and DC Performing Arts Examiner Patrick D. McCoy will present the award to Richard Smallwood on behalf of the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts.