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Opera Noir celebrates 10 years


Los Angeles, CA — Opera Noir, a non-profit organization that promotes cultural diversity in the classical arts, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on June 11, by providing two free performances for a record number of children from low-to-moderate income communities.

“Our goal is to not only expose these children to the Arts, but to also expose them to employment opportunities that exist in the entertainment industry,” said J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark, founder and artistic/managing director of Opera Noir.

The anniversary celebration will also include a Juneteenth Gala at the historic McClaney Estates in which several leaders in the Arts will be honored, including Arthur Mitchell, founder, Dance Theatre of Harlem; Geoffrey Holder; choreographer Donald McKayle; Ronald Chatman, philantropist; Bernard Boudreaux, senior manager of Community Relations for Target; Charmaine Jefferson, executive director/president of the California African American Museum Foundation.

Founded in 1999 by Smith-Clark, the mission of Opera Noir is to promote cultural diversity in the classical arts;  preserving and performing the works of African American composers in addition to traditional European classical music.

The June 11 performances are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at El Portal Theater, 5267 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.  For information, call (818) 609-7137.