Thursday, February 13, 2020 (6:00-9:00 pm)
Lift Every Voice and Sing…a Concert Celebration!
Special Guest of Honor: Grace Bumbry
Bobby Henry Sr: Ambassador
National Award-Winning Dillard High School Jazz Ensemble & Chorale
Dr. Richard Todd Payne (baritone)
Leesa Richards, International Jazz/Blues/R&B Sensation
Alexander Star, Emmy Nominated Hip Hop Artist & Writer
Felix Spengler, piano
Nilda Comas, master sculptor, Historic commission of Mary McLeod Bethune for U.S. Capitol
NSU Black Student Union, NSU Visual & Performing Artists (voice, strings, piano, drama, visual art, drama, dance)
Nova Southeastern University Miniaci Theater
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd, Davie, Fl 33314
VAS/JKV Members $35.00 General Public $60.00 NSU Students/Staff Complimentary
6:00 pm Reception 7:00 pm Salon Concert 8:15 Champagne with the Artists
Richard Todd Payne, Baritone
A native of Memphis Tennessee, and a new Assistant Professor of Voice at Missouri State University, Dramatic Baritone Richard Todd Payne’s voice has been described as “Magnificent…Awe-inspiring…Stentorian!” He is sought after nationally for his commanding presence and ringing tones in both Opera and Oratorio. New to the Springfield area, Dr. Payne was last heard as the guest soloist at the State Republican Convention recently held in Springfield. In May 2004 he appeared as soloist for Springfield’s Cancer Relay for Life luminary ceremony, and in Carmina Burana at The President’s Concert. In April 2004 Dr. Payne inaugurated Founder’s Park Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series which was televised on Springfield’s T.V.-23. In February of 2004, Dr. Payne was a guest soloist with the Springfield Symphony where he received rave reviews. In December of 2003 Dr. Payne portrayed the role of Balthasar in Amahl in the Night Visitors, with Springfield Regional Opera; whom he debuted with October2003 as Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Beginning Fall of 2004, Dr. Payne will serve as a Board Member of the Springfield Regional Opera. In November 2003, Dr. Payne was contacted by the associates of Grammy-Award Recording Artist Lyle Lovett, to put together a choir to sing back up for him on his concert at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. His professional credits include performances with Opera Memphis, Indianapolis Opera, Illinois Opera Theater, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Chicago Opera Theatre, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Danville Symphony, Eastern Illinois Symphony, Rockford Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony.
Dillard High School Center for the Arts Presents
Dillard Jazz Ensemble and Dillard Concert Choir
Dillard Center for the Arts (DCA) provides training in dance, music, theater, and visual arts, complimented by a rigorous academic curriculum. Students must demonstrate ability and interest in one of the four artistic disciplines to be considered for acceptance.
DCA is fully accredited and offers the same academic curriculum and graduation requirements as all Broward County high schools; the major difference in the academic program is that we offer the added ingredient of correlating the arts with academics, rather than treating either as isolated disciplines. All students spend three hours per day in their art areas, and the remainder of the time in academics or electives.
The arts offered for in-depth study are: Dance, Instrumental and Vocal Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts. In addition, DCA is committed to its role as a college preparatory school, making students aware of the variety of opportunities they have for future training at colleges or universities, advanced art institutes, and conservatories. The school recognizes and values student individuality. It nurtures, without exception, the values of individual accomplishment and independence.
Since individual creativity is integral to the production of art, our faculty and staff work with students on an individualized, human level that stimulates intellectual, artistic, and technical originality. By providing such an environment, we strive to graduate people who can work independently and creatively. At the same time, DCA places high value on group responsibility, loyalty, and sense of community. In a country that is sustained by a democratic process, a sense of individual worth, coupled with a sense of responsibility to a society, is invaluable. It is to these ends that DCA devotes its energies.
The mission of Dillard Center for the Arts is to foster independent thinking and creativity in both a challenging and rewarding environment. Dillard Center For The Arts seeks to offer preparation for higher education and professions in the arts by providing a diversified curriculum not available at the traditional high school, while creating an environment conducive for artistic growth and development for bright and talented high school students residing in Broward County.
Nilda Comas, Master Sculptor
“Artist’s Presentation” by Nilda Comas about her commission by the State of Florida for a larger than life-size monument of Mary McLeod Bethune to represent the State of Florida at the US Capitol as part of the National Statuary Hall’s permanent collection.
Nilda Comas, master sculptor, gives an extremely rare opportunity with the artist to learn about this historic commission as well as the research, inspiration, technique, and experience necessary for undertaking such a daunting project. Nilda will lead us through the step by step process of first winning the commission…then the concept, development, and execution of a master sculptor. Mary McLeod Bethune will be the first African American to be part of the National Statuary Hall’s Collection. Nilda travels between her studio in Fort Lauderdale and her studio in Pietrasanta, Italy where she is currently working on the eight-foot clay model for the marble sculpture.
Nilda was born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico and will be the first Hispanic woman to sculpt a portrait for the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The monument will be a total of 11 feet, including the base, and will be sculpted in Statuario marble extracted from the same cave in Carrara, Italy that has been used for centuries by histories greatest artists such as Michelangelo cave in Carrara, Italy. Since last January this cave of Michelangelo was closed by the Italian Government after over 500 years. This block was the largest perfect block excavated from this cave in many years. Nilda’s works are part of public and private collections in the U.S., Europe and South America. Comas divides her time between Fort Lauderdale and Pietrasanta, Italy, where she At the Studio Franco Cervietti in Pietrasanta, Italy, Nilda learned the techniques of marble carving while attending the Accademia de Bella Arti di Carrara. She also studied under master carver Enzo Pasquini.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alfred and Rose Miniaci Performing Arts at Nova Southeastern University
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd, Davie, FL, 33314