Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces 2016 GLAM SLAM GALA!, Benedum Center


PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

FRENCH/AMERICAN BREAKTHROUGH BAND

GINKGOA

TO PERFORM AT THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST’S

GLAM SLAM GALA!

djNeekola and Keystone Dance Project also scheduled to perform

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 | 6:30 P.M. | BENEDUM CENTER

Pittsburgh, PA ̶ The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust proudly announces GINKGOA, the French/American Pop Electro Swing Band founded in Paris in 2010 and led by American singer and dancer Nicholle Rochelle and Antoine Chatenet, French composer and producer, will perform at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Fall Gala on September 10, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., at the Benedum Center, 237 Seventh Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  Co-chaired by Diane and Jerry Holder, this year’s Fall Gala is themed the GLAM SLAM GALA!  Guests are invited to celebrate an evening of exciting entertainment, delightful cocktails, and scrumptious dinner on the Benedum stage along with delectable desserts following a special performance by the group GINKGOA.

“The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust would like to thank UPMC and UPMC Health Plan for their support as Lead Sponsor for this year’s Gala,” shared J. Kevin McMahon, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Each year we gather to celebrate the mission and vision of the Trust.  Hosting such a dynamic and global group in GINKGOA promises to add the perfect amount of ‘glam’ to the evening’s events.”

It has been said that GINKGOA is “an excellent choice for an evening of concert as this duo of overflowing energy [will blow you] away with their strong compositions and audacious interpretations demonstrating the greatest freedom of style. Because GINKGOA enjoys mixing influences, eras, and language, the group transforms French Music into a real kaleidoscope of sorts…” (http://telexvar.com – 24/03/2014 France).

GINKOA was discovered at the French festival “Les Francofolies” where the band won the prize for favorite group.  GINKGOA has performed worldwide making generations dance and sway every time they perform.  Look for the band’s new album at the end of the year.

The band is composed of Nicolle Rochelle (American singer, author and dancer) and Antoine Chatenet (French composer and producer). The duo has been backed on stage by the drummer Grégory D’Addario, the bassist Anne-Colombe Martin and the clarinetist, keyboardist Corentin Giniaux.

To view the group’s performance last year at the Montreux Jazz Fest, click here.  All new videos, and clips can be found on the groups YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ginkgoa.

In addition to GINKGOA, djNeekola (Neekola) and Keystone Dance Project are also schedule to entertain guests of the annual Gala.

djNeekola was born in New York and educated in Virginia. Neekola currently lives in Washington DC where she works as a full time international DJ. She credits her parents for her love of music and inspiration to perform. She started performing as a lead singer, keyboard player, and songwriter. Later on while living in Germany, Neekola was introduced to her soulmate, electronic dance music (EDM).  She has attended NYC’s Scratch Academy and worked in Italy during her college days.  Neekola is one of Washington DC’s most recognizable names in the event industry and is well known by audiences in Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Argentina. She has played up and down the East Coast with artists including, Robbie Riviera, BT, Steve Aoki, DJ AM and Dr. Kucho.  Neekola is pretty well known in the fashion and corporate world as well.  Some of her clients include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Tiffany & Co., Microsoft, Marriott, SKANSKA, Interstate Hotels, Bloomberg and the World Bank.

Keystone Dance Project is a multi-dimensional dance training experience designed to equip youth with the knowledge and skills required for 21st Century living. Dancers in this project are young adults from Harrisburg and the surrounding region.  They are excited to give back by sharing their training with local youth.  The group has performed numerous times for Governor Tom Wolf at the Governor’s Residence. The troop is dedicated to teaching inner city youth through dance and has inspired many with messages of empowerment and positive messages.

For more information visit trustarts.org/glamslam. For accessibility assistance, contact Jenniffer Burke at 412-471-8711 or via email at burke@trustarts.org.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gala
UPMC and UPMC Health Plan are the Lead Sponsors for this year’s Gala. Executive Vice President, UPMC; President, Insurance Services Division; President and CEO UPMC Health Plan, Diane Holder and Jerry Holder, Dean School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, are the event co-chairs. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gala will provide a retro, vintage glam atmosphere that will include an array of themed happenings.  The Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. on the Benedum stage with a reception and cocktails, dinner will follow.  Guests will enjoy a private performance by GINKGOA.  Complimentary self-parking is available in the Theater Square Parking Garage, entrance located on 7th Street.  Attire for the evening is black tie, vintage swing era, glam.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  For more information, visit TrustArts.org.

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