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Yardbird Schomburg Center Symposium

March 15, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Schomburg Center Symposium

Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30PM - 8:30PM



Charlie Parker's Yardbird Celebration Events

Schomburg Center Symposium

Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30PM – 8:30PM

The Apollo and The Schomburg Center present this panel discussion on the life and legacy of Charlie Parker. Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston professor of English and Comparative Literature, and founder of the Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies, moderates. Panelists and performers scheduled to participate include:

Sheila E. Anderson, host of WBGO-FM’s Weekend Jazz After Hours, author, Columbia University Community Scholar, and host of the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Harlem.

T.K. Blue, composer of Latin Bird, a Latin Jazz-themed Charlie Parker tribute CD.  Mr. Blue has performed with other great artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Regina Carter, Paquito D’Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, James Moody, Archie Shepp and Randy Weston.

David Levy, the Senior Vice President, Artistic Operations at Opera Philadelphia. David oversees the production, music and artistic administration and operations for the Opera and has held positions in opera houses in Kentucky, Washington and Saint Louis.

Terrance McKnight, WQXR-FM weekday evening host and host of WQXR’s All Ears with Terrance McKnight, a Saturday evening program about musical discovery honored with a 2010 ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award.

Bridgette Wimberly, librettist, award-winning poet and author of eight plays, including Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, commissioned and produced by theaters Off-Broadway and across the country.

This event takes place at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located at 515 Malcolm X Blvd. between 135th and 136th Streets.  It is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is strongly suggested. 


Apollo Theater & Opera Philadelphia Present



Friday, April 1 at 8PM & Sunday, April 3 at 3PM

Set in the famed NYC jazz club, Birdland, this opera is a free-form expedition into the mind, heart, and personal purgatory of the bebop great.

In the empty twilight between life and death, saxophonist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons, and women who fueled his creative genius. Acclaimed as “a swift-paced chamber opera with a pulsing, jazz-infused score” (The New York Times), the opera stars Lawrence Brownlee as the legendary saxophonist—a role crafted around the effortless, improvisational style that makes him one of music’s most sought after tenors. Soprano Angela Brown mesmerizes as his mother, Addie Parker, and baritone Will Liverman portrays jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie.

TICKETS: $30-$125

April 1 Tickets    April 3 Tickets 

Composed By Daniel Schnyder; Libretto By Bridgette A. Wimberly; Performed By Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor; Angela Brown, Soprano; Will Liverman, Baritone; Conducted By Corrado Rovaris; Directed By Ron Daniels; Set Design By Riccardo Hernandez; Costume Design By Emily Rebholtz; Lighting Design By Scott Zielinksi and Photos by Dominic M. Mercier.

Details & Tickets

Location: Apollo Mainstage
Tickets*: $30-$125
In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office
By phone call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000
Online at Ticketmaster.com
For Groups Call (212) 531-5355

* Additional $3.50 facility fee, online and phone service fees apply 

April 1 Tickets    April 3 Tickets 

Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD is sponsored by

Leadership support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional support from Ed Bradley Family Foundation, OPERA America: The Opera Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Pat and Al Zollar, and many other generous donors.

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March 15, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Apollo Mainstage
New York, NY 10027 United States
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