The Division of Liberal Arts at the Alexandria Campus will present a Black History Month Celebration on Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. The event will feature the Kathy Harty Gray Dancers, students and faculty of the college reading poetry, NOVA Jazz Band, and NOVA Community Chorus.
Special guests will be Joyce Garrett and the renowned Choir of Alfred Street Baptist Church, and soprano Lisa Edwards Burrs, an internationally recognized soprano who is professor of voice at Virginia State University. No tickets are required. Parking is $6. Donations are requested. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-845-6097.
Garrett is one of the most recognized choral conductors in the region. She has conducted the nationally televised “Kennedy Center Honors” and the nationally televised “Christmas in Washington” since 1989. She also directed the United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir from 1990-2005. She received two honorary doctorate degrees from West Virginia Wesleyan College and Bennett College, her alma mater, as a result of her work with Eastern High School in Washington, D.C. During her 33-year teaching career in the D.C. Public School system, Garrett received numerous honors including the President’s Medal of The George Washington University, 1998; The Catholic University Alumni Achievement Award in Music, 1993; the Reader’s Digest American Heroes in Education Award, 1991; and the Washingtonian Magazine’s Washingtonian of the Year Award, 1991.
Edwards Burrs received her doctorate of musical arts in vocal performance from The Catholic University of America. She is an associate professor of voice at Virginia State University. Her performances in recital, oratorio and chamber music are extensive. She has received numerous awards including the National Second-Place Prizewinner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award Competition, the Carson Silver Medal and Prize at the American Traditions Competition of Savannah Onstage and Outstanding Vocalist of the Year from Richmond Magazine. Internationally, she has performed recitals at the International Conference for Moral-Rearmament in Caux, Switzerland, and with the Amalfi Music and Arts Festival. Her performances featuring the works of African-American composers and other contemporary works have also received critical acclaim. Edwards Burrs will present a Voice Masterclass on Tuesday, February 26, at 2:00 pm in Room 130 of the Tyler Building on the Alexandria Campus.