'Fireworks' to be featured at Freedom Plaza in February
In this case, it's vocal fireworks we speak of, and we quote the New York Times: "Sharon Scott is a performer of size and vocal quality that overwhelms the stage … a pyrotechnic personality with all the dazzle of a Fourth of July fireworks display." This internationally known African-American singer will grace the Freedom Plaza stage in February, which is Black History Month. A veteran of Broadway and Off-Broadway, Scott has appeared in a long line of musicals, including "Showboat," "Sweet Charity," "Nunsense" and "South Pacific." Her career has taken her to Europe, where she performed with Austria's Salzburg Symphony and to Singapore by special invitation to present her one-woman show, "Chimjes." Closer to home, she participated in a concert series with the Florida West Coast Symphony and was featured vocalist for the Venice Symphony.Though recognized primarily as a dynamic stage performer and dubbed a Gospel Diva, Scott is equally adept at behind-the-scenes theater arts with three productions to her credit: "Women of Color," "Blues on the Bay" and "Sweet Gospel." Her original musical, "Just as I Am," was presented at the Mikhail Baryshnikov International Arts Festival and received high acclaim. Freedom Plaza has recognized Black History Month in previous years with a variety of themed activities, outstanding African-American guests and special excursions. Last year we welcomed Tampa Poet Laureate James Tokley for a reading of his exceptional works. This year, however, we feel especially fortunate in offering our residents the opportunity to meet and hear an artist of such international stature as Scott. We invite the public to share this musical experience with us on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Freedom Plaza Auditorium. While the event is free, it's necessary to call for advance reservations, as seating will be limited. Call (813) 642-1213 or (813) 642-1215 during business hours for information.
Peggy Burgess is resident programs assistant at Freedom Plaza and a columnist for The Sun.