R.E.S.P.E.C.T. An Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert
Dwayne Fulton with Anita Levels
Saturday, Feb 11
Kelly Strayhorn Theater | 5941 Penn Ave.
Pay What Moves You: $25 – $40
Following the sold out success of When Doves Cry, Dwayne Fulton returns to KST with R.E.S.P.E.C.T. an Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert! Bringing together some of Pittsburgh’s finest musicians with featured vocalist Anita Levels, the evening will pay rockin’ respect to the “Queen of Soul.” R.E.S.P.E.C.T. An Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert brings together some of Pittsburgh’s finest musicians. The ten-piece ensemble features keyboardist Chuck Anderson, guitarist Gary Howard, bassist John C. Hill Jr., saxophonist Lou Harris, and drummer Alex Hines, along with supporting vocalists Krystyn Kirkland, Keesha Sheffey, and Timothy Woodruff.
Image Credit: Mark Simpson
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*Post Performance Discussion with Alisha Wormsley
Kelly Strayhorn Theater | 5941 Penn Ave.
Pay What Moves You: $15 – $35
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With over 30 years of Theatre and Musical Performance, Dwayne Fulton fully understands the power of music and arts and its’ influence in the earth. He is the founder and Chief Executive of Kingdom People Productions, inc. (1999) and The SouLyfe Cafe (2003). Dwayne is an accomplished pianist. His music career stems back from the eighth grade to the present. He’s had the honor of accompanying such great musicians as Grover Washington, Jr., Roger Humphries, Sean Jones, and Nathan Davis. He’s shared the stage with other greats such as: Keith Sweat, Guy, Fred Hammond, Bobby Jones, Kirk Franklin, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Michael Buble’. In 2011 he was hired as the Musical Director for the Opera Gospel at Colonus with the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh; and in 2012 he composed his first opera short for the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh’s Summer Festival, Bridal Suite. In 2013, he composed his second opera short The Mayoral Suite also for the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. In 2010, he was the Musical Director for the production of Raisin In The Sun by The Kuntu Repertoire Theatre. Fulton was additionally hired as the Musical Director in 2012 for the stage play Who Do You Love by New York playwright, Shaunda Miles of DeMaskus Productions. Dwayne can also ‘shake a leg’ winning the 2012 Pittsburgh celebrity So You Think They Can’t Dance fundraiser at the August Wilson Center.
In 2017, Fulton composed his first full length Opera with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera Theatre, A Gathering of Sons. This production was met with such success that it was filmed and shown nationally on PBS four times in 2018. This production also won a Bronze medal in the 2019 New York Festivals and International TV & Film Awards presented at the NAB show in Las Vegas, NV.
In December of 2018, Dwayne composed his second full length Opera with the Trilogy Opera Company of Newark, NJ. Titled Scott, Garner, Gray, says Jimmy Baldwin, the opera was performed to a full house at the beautiful NJPAC Theatre in New Jersey. Fulton recently completed composing scene and background music for a production in Pittsburgh called Savior Samuel with the Pittsburgh Playwright Company.
Fulton is a native of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked in various business and social structures: from counseling troubled youth and families, academic institutions such as The University of Pittsburgh (Program Coordinator), St. Vincent College (Director of Pathways to Success). He currently serves as the Minister of Music/Director of Fine Arts at Mount Ararat Baptist Church, the largest church in the Pittsburgh area and western Pennsylvania serving over 8,000 members.
Fulton continues to mentor young musicians, songwriters, and actors in the Pittsburgh area. He says the world is longing for music and creative arts that speaks to the total man; body, soul, and spirit.
Anita Levels (vocalist) is a vocal artist, voice influencer, songwriter and producer who began singing at the age of 3 years old in Frankfurt, West Germany. Texas-born, being a preacher’s kid, and a member of a musical family from New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A, singing and performance are in her blood. Anita’s powerhouse, soulful, but lark-like vocals have graced national and international audiences. She has performed in London, England, has toured the country of Holland with world renowned ethnomusicologist, Dr. Portia Maultsby, was featured in the NFL’s Super Bowl 50 commemorative commercial, has appeared in the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, and has performed in many, many other private, public and virtual events. Ms. Levels has a plethora of original music on all streaming music platforms and enjoys sharing the history and influence of Black American music on world and American culture. Anita Levels, MS, has a Masters Degree in Training and Development from Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) and believes that instrumentation and the voice have the innate ability to vibrate truth, healing and thought. Anita’s more recent venture is, Corn and Potatoes Are Good For You, a podcast exploring the soul’s journey through all things spiritual and sensual. She will always be the Mother of two magical daughters, put clorox in her water, powder her sheets, season her vittles, sing, laugh and cultivate spaces for communication and thought.