March 16, 2011

Hill House Association Hooks Up with Kelly Strayhorn Theater

The Hill House Association, based in the Hill District, announced yesterday that they will be joining forces with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater of East Liberty to direct the arts programming of the Association's Kaufmann Center (1835 Centre Avenue). The partnership will allow the Kelly Strayhorn to implement its community theater program in the Kaufmann Center which has fairly recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. There will be a dedication held on Wednesday, March 16th, and just two days later on Friday, March 18th, nine-time Grammy award-winner John Legend will give a benefit performance to kickoff the new management!

From Pittsburgh's "flagship NPR station" DUQ 90.5FM:
Hill House President and CEO Victor Roque says the Kelly Strayhorn is one of the most vibrant cultural amenities in the city....."Under the direction of Janera Solomon they have completely revived the concept of walking a few blocks to attend the theater. That's an urban cultural experience we'd like to replicate in the Hill District."
Executive Director Solomon says the Kelly Strayhorn gives artists theater time and space for preparation and rehearsal leading up to shows and performances and that has built strong relationships with local artists who typically don't have the space or resources to stage productions.
Read the rest of the article here!

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