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Queen Ann Nzinga Center Summer Concert

On July 26, 2014 at 7 p.m., the Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc.’s will hold its Annual Summer Concert, Nzinga’s Daughters presents Music from the African Diaspora, at the Theater of the Performing arts on the CREC Campus of the Learning Corridor. Nzinga’s Daughter African Diaspora concert is so popular that it has outgrown another downtown Hartford venue. Be a part of the musical experience at our new location, the Theater for Performing Arts, 359 Washington Street, Hartford. The Theater of the Performing Arts is 622-seat, state-of-the-art Proscenium Theater.

“This show invites active audience participation, with folks singing and dancing,” said Dayna Snell, executive director of Queen Ann Nzinga Center and the concert’s musical director. “That’s what we want – an engaged audience throughout the entire performance.”

An array of professional musicians will bring you music from Gospel to the Caribbean, Rock & Roll to R&B, Jazz to Salsa and everything in between. Performers include: Nzinga’s Daughters and The R&B Band, VOICES LLC, Changes, Chereese & The Alvin Carter Project, Orice Jenkins, Relentless, Team860, and other special guests. The concert is a family event inviting people of all ages. This event is appropriate for children, a fun night out with your friends and/or an evening with special someone. We celebrate good music and community. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

Prior to the concert, enjoy our festive market place where food, artwork and photography will be available for purchase to benefit the Queen Ann Nzinga Center’s youth arts and enrichment programs. Come early as to leisurely enjoy the festivities and find your general seating. Door prizes and incentives are available for people who come early, join our mailing list and complete our surveys. There’s plenty of free, secured parking in the Learning Corridor parking garage.

Dayna Snell, a singer and member of a musical family, started the Queen Ann Nzinga Center over 20 years ago, with a mission to empower children and youth through arts and culture. The program provides participants weekly sessions using the arts, storytelling, poetry, drama, music, and dance to develop and empower young people to set & achieve goals allowing them to reach their fullest potential. The children in her program add to the Diaspora concert both on and off stage many of those kids who work the hardest will be featured soloist. Many others serve as ushers, stage hands, and back stage handlers for the African Diaspora concert. For more information on the Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. a nonprofit organization, please visit our website. Home or call us at 860- 229- 8389. This concert has been possible in part with a grant from the Evelyn Preston Memorial Trust and the Greater Hartford Arts Council.