Simply Simone – The Music of Nina Simone

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Simply Simone – The Music of Nina Simone

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) will present “Simply Simone-the Music of Nina Simone” an electric new revue based on the turbulent life and rich legacy of this American music icon opening on Friday February 19, 2016. The musical features, performers Sarah Gracel Anderson, Toddra Brunson, Deana Butler-Rahming and AHCAC Alum, Ja’Nia Harden. Directed by Teddy Harrell, Jr.

Singer, Pianist, Arranger and Civil rights activist, Nina Simone was all of these things, and more. Simon’s Music career spanned nearly 50 years and worked in a broad range of musical styles. The score to Simply Simone crosses genres from gospel to blues to Broadway to rock and roll, and features such definitive Simone classics as “I Love You Porgy”, “The Look of Love”, “My Baby Just Cares for Me”, “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. The Music of Nina Simone is created by David Grapes and Robert Neblett with Music Arrangements by Vince DiMura. This show is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Betty Jean Jones. The shows first workshop production opened at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Simply Simone is sponsored in part by the John S. and the John L. Knight Foundation in conjunction with its Knight’s Arts Challenge recognizing the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center’s 40th Anniversary Sankofa Celebration.

Opening night is February 19, 2016 and ends Sunday March 13, 2016. Preview shows are February 17 and 18, 2016. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 4:00 pm. AHCAC, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33142 in the heart of Liberty City. Regular admission price are: $20. The Reception Evening (Saturday, February 20, 2015) ticket price is $30 featuring light refreshments and a Meet and Greet of cast and crew (No discounts or Complimentary tickets accepted for this performance). Senior Citizen discounts are available with an AARP card or Golden Pass card. Student discounts with Student IDs. Culture Shock passes are welcomed. RSVP for tickets call: (305) 638-6771 or send email inquiries to: hartheo@miamidade.gov. Tickets can be purchased with credit cards at Ticketmaster. The nearest retail location is the Joseph Caleb Auditorium 5400 Northwest 22nd Avenue Miami, FL 33142 Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 7:00pm or Saturday: 9:00am-12 Noon. Ticketmaster by phone call: 866-448-7849 or 800-745-3000. The AHCAC Box office opens an hour before show time and the house opens 15 minutes before show time. Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available.

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