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Nilda Comas, master sculptor, and the installation of statue of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune into National Statuary Hall and The Black Rose Concert featuring Ollie Watts Davis, soprano, Casey Robards, piano 

This historic installation represents the first Hispanic sculptor and the first African American woman, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, placed in National Statuary Hall

L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center

1409 NW 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311

On July 16, 2022, our original The Black Rose Salon concert will be performed for residents and dignitaries. Incorporated into the program will be video and photos of the July 13, 2022, installation ceremony in Washington D.C. Later that same evening, at Howard University, The Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune National Alumni Association will host a cocktail party honoring the master sculptor and her subject. GENVAS will salute Nilda Comas and the City of Fort Lauderdale at that reception. Dr.’s Watt Davis and Robards will perform two songs from “The Black Rose.” The musical interlude will also include internationally known cellist J.P. Malan who will perform one original melody on Maestro Pablo Casals cello 

The July 13 event is by invitation only. A portion of ticket proceeds from the 16th Salon concert will benefit the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune National Alumni Association many of whom will be our special guest. 

Ollie Watt Davis is an American Soprano and is a Professor of Music, University Scholar, University of Illinois where she also serves as the conductor of their Black Chorus. The San Francisco Chronicle described her as “…a bubbling stream of a voice, remarkably smooth down into a resonant, rich low register” where the New York Times stated, “…a lovely, warm, admirably focused tone” and The Chicago Tribune found her performance “…poignant and lovely.” Since her New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 1990, Ms. Davis has appeared in many of the nation’s great concert halls with leading orchestras, including the San Francisco, Minnesota, Houston, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Dallas Symphony orchestras. Internationally, she has appeared with orchestras in Venezuela, Mexico, Spain, China and Taiwan.

Casey Robards is a pianist and vocal coach known for her sensitive musicality, stylistic versatility, and expert collaborative skill. Dr. Robards has concertized throughout the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. Dr. Robards is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Keyboard/Voice at the University of Illinois and Conductor/Head of Collaborative Piano at the Bay View Music Festival.


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V.I.P. Seating
End: 07-15-22 12:00 AM
Includes access to a post-Salon champagne & dessert reception with the Artist. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune National Alumni Association.
General Seating
End: 07-16-22 12:00 AM
There is no pre-Salon reception for this event
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