HARTFORD, Conn. (March 24, 2016) – The Connecticut Public has announced it will host a special tribute to Jackie Robinson at The Palace Theatre, Stamford on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. The event will include live jazz music by award-winning saxophonist Albert Rivera, commentary and a Q&A session with ESPN commentator and former Major League Baseball player Doug Glanville, as well as a hors d’ouevre and cocktail reception.
The evening will also include an advance preview screening of Jackie Robinson, a new two-part documentary by acclaimed film director Ken Burns. The story of the first African American to play baseball in the major leagues features interviews with President Barack Obama, Harry Belafonte, Tom Brokaw, and others who share how Robinson’s determination and heroism influenced generations.
“Jackie Robinson’s impact reverberates far beyond the baseball field,” said Connecticut Public Broadcasting’s COO Dean Orton, “and CPTV is delighted to celebrate his remarkable achievements as a civil rights activist, entrepreneur, and jazz patron in the city he once called home.”
Tickets are $42 and limited. Please visit cptv.org/jackierobinson for more information and to purchase tickets.
About Connecticut Public Broadcasting
The Connecticut Public (CPBN) is home to CPTV, WNPR and the Learning Lab. CPTV is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs and educational programming. WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. The Learning Lab serves high school seniors through a partnership with Hartford Public Schools and the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School. It is also home to the Institute for Advanced Media, a program that provides the men and women of our armed forces and adult learners an opportunity to learn skills necessary for the 21st century digital media workplace. For more information, visit cpbn.org.
About The Palace Theatre, Stamford
The Palace Theatre, Stamford has been a vital force in developing the arts, cultural entertainment and education, and a community pulse for the city of Stamford since it was built in 1927. The vision of The Palace Theatre, Stamford is to be the regional arts center for exciting entertainment that enhances and enriches the cultural, educational, economic, and social life of the community. The Palace Theatre, Stamford strives to achieve this vision by demonstrating integrity in all work and relationships, providing service and quality in all activities, fostering and promoting diversity of thought, ideas and culture, providing stewardship for the Stamford Arts community, emphasizing outreach in our community, and offering creativity in all endeavors. Major funding is provided by the Department of Economic & Community Development and the Office of the Arts.