African American Children’s Theatre
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AACT introduces BRAVO! Youth Ensemble

The multicultural ensemble performs a wide repertoire of songs focusing on African American history and culture.

By - Nov 17th, 2016 11:28 am
BRAVO! Youth Ensemble. Photo courtesy of the African American Children’s Theatre.

BRAVO! Youth Ensemble. Photo courtesy of the African American Children’s Theatre.

BRAVO! Youth Ensemble is the new choral music extension of the African American Children’s Theatre. In collaboration with Arts@Large and Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 20 youth from diverse cultural backgrounds have an opportunity to sing with master artists.

The public is invited to these performances:

Monday, November 21, 6:00 pm FREE

Celebratory interfaith musical selections will be performed for the opening reception of  “Capture the Spirit of Ramadan”  a photography exhibition sponsored by Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and Arts@Large, Inc.
Milwaukee City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Milwaukee

Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 pm
“Holiday Journey” with Wisconsin Philharmonic and concert choirs from area high schools
Shattuck Music Center at Carroll University, 218 N. East Avenue, Waukesha, WI
www.wisphil.org/2016-2017-season/holiday-journey/

”We were thrilled to be invited to perform at these two events,” noted Constance Clark, founding Executive Director, while adding that the AACT BRAVO! Youth Ensemble is also available to perform for public or private holiday or special events. For more information, call her at 414-324-9821 and visit the website at www.aact.us

The multicultural ensemble performs a wide repertoire of songs focusing on African American history and culture, and on works by African American composers and arrangers. They are led by Choral Director G. Dwight Hamilton, Theatre Coach Azeeza Islam, and Musical Director Dr. Wallace Cheatham.

The AACT was created in 1989 in response to two separate acts of gun violence in the city of Milwaukee that resulted in the deaths of two members of the Clark family.  Deeply saddened by the loss of loved ones, Constance Clark resolved to use their passing as a platform to foster positive change. It is from this tragic past that the AACT emerged.   

Clark said, “Unfortunately, the scourge of violence that prompted the creation of the AACT is still a part of our city today.  It is imperative now, more than ever, that we offer youth a positive alternative to the negative challenges that face them DAILY!

“Our mission is to provide all children of the metro Milwaukee area with opportunities to express their creativity, to nurture their individuality, and acquire leadership and performance skills while producing quality art.”

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