The Uptown Arts Stroll 2017 kickoff celebration—honoring Patricia Cruz, Maggie Hernández-Knight, Elvis Nolasco, and Elizabeth Lorris-Ritter—will be held on Wednesday 31 May 2017, 6–8:30pm, at the United Palace on Broadway and West 175th Street.
There will be music, performances, readings, food, refreshments and much more.
FREE and open to the public.
The kickoff celebration will feature performances by the Harambee Dance Company, musicians of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra and singer-songwriter Victor Rosso.
The Harambee Dance Company pulls together the essence of African and African-American dance and music presenting if from an innovative and exciting new contemporary perspective. Artistic Director and resident choreographer Sandella Malloy developed a high-energy repertoire of African-based movement, modern dance forms, live percussion and original music, with vibrant costumes into captivating performances reflecting the majesty of the African Diaspora.
The Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra (WHCO) is a communal listening experience that celebrates diversity, engenders civic awareness and enriches lives. More than classical music, the WHCO strives to connect the best art across genres and cultures. Their home is Fort Washington Collegiate Church who partnered to present the orchestra’s second season in 2016–17. The WHCO, composed of professional musicians from Upper Manhattan, will produce nine concerts this year featuring its fine musicians who will present solo recitals and chamber music to the neighborhood.
Victor Rosso is an uptown singer-songwriter who started performing at age 14. After touring with renowned artists in Cuba along with his band of musicians, Victor moved to Cancun, Mexico where he found depth and inspiration in folkloric and traditional Cuban sounds mixed with organic and electro-acoustic music. Inspired by the Caribbean Sea and nature, Victor performed weekly to audiences of all ages on the shores of the beach and in jazz clubs throughout the city of Cancun. Driven by his family and university studies, he moved to Washington Heights where he works on various music projects and is a producer for other local musicians. Mr. Rosso’s Caribbean inspired music is performed weekly in Washington Heights-Inwood and elsewhere.