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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Celebrate the Hits of Motown with Kelly Strayhorn Theater!  Featuring a Discussion with Women of Visions, ORIGINS Marketplace, and Concert with The BGV’s, Hakim Rasheed, Wayne Barber, and more! 

EAST LIBERTY, PA, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 – Groove into Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s new season with Black & Solid Gold: the Hits of MAGNIFICENT MOTOWN on Thursday, September 16! From the music of The Temptations, Jackson Five, and Marvin Gaye to Diana Ross, you’ll be dancing in the streets once you hear the stylings of vocalists Delana Flowers, Katy Cotten and Carmen Miller of The BGV’s, Hakim Rasheed, Wayne Barber, and accompanying musicians, all produced by musician Dwayne Fulton

The evening begins at 5:30pm with a marketplace featuring creatives from ORIGINS, a program celebrating and supporting Black artists, makers, designers, and craftspeople working in Pittsburgh, in the theater vestibule. Featured artisans and makers include Espirations Greeting Cards, Rebel Bred Clothing, Naptural Beauty Supply and Social Living. And you don’t want to miss the 6:30pm artist discussion, an exclusive panel conversation, moderated by Aaron J. Johnson, PhD and Assistant Professor of Music at University of Pittsburgh, with the artists behind Women of Vision’s MAGNIFICENT MOTOWN: Art Inspired by the Music. The evening culminates with a concert featuring the vocal stylings of The BGV’s, Hakim Rasheed, Wayne Barber with Calvin Murphy (Drums) Gary Davis (Bass), Earl Russell (Keys), Keith Flowers (Keys), Gary Howard (Guitar), performing hits including “Dancing in the Street,” “My Girl,” “ABC,” and more! Join us for a marvelous evening of music, art, and celebration!

Black & Solid Gold: the Hits of MAGNIFICENT MOTOWN will be located at the historic Kelly Strayhorn Theater, located at 5941 Penn Avenue in the East Liberty business district. 

To ensure a comfortable return to in-person programming for our audience, artists and staff, KST has adopted several safety measures for all upcoming performances. Masks are required for all audience members, regardless of vaccination status. Seating capacity has been reduced to 50% and all performers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the performance. For more details on KST’s full COVID-19 safety protocol please visit Kelly-Strayhorn.org/covid.

Black and Solid Gold: the Hits of Magnificent Motown is made possible with support from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Bridgeway Capital, and in partnership with the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area. Women of Visions, Inc. also acknowledges support from Opportunity Fund, and Arts, Equity and Education Fund.

Tickets are now on sale at kst.imagebox.dev or can be purchased in person at the event. Pricing is Pay What Makes You Happy!, a sliding scale of accessible price points in order to truly welcome all to enjoy the arts. 

For full season details, COVID policy updates, and tickets, go to kst.imagebox.dev.