LWSC’s ‘An Evening of Elegance’ celebrates with all manner of arts

An art exhibition will include multimedia pieces that encourage touch and interaction.

A harpist, a vocalist, an opera composer and a sassy saxophonist will headline “An Evening of Elegance” at Lou Walker Senior Center on July 19.

The event, presented by Samuel O. Williams and the LWSC Theatre Arts Class, will feature versatile harpist Monica Hargrave, vocalist and actor Richard Morton, opera composer Sharon Willis and saxophonist Amarylis Sueing. It will also showcase the theatrical and artistic talents of the center’s theater arts students.

Hargrave, whose repertoire ranges from Bach to Beethoven, has backed artists such as Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Johnny Mathis.

Morton is known for his interpretation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Willis, founder of Americolor Opera Alliance, is believed to be the only U.S. female who has composed, written, and directed more than 14 original operas. Sueing, who is associate professor of music at Morris Brown College, is also a dancer and actress.

The show in The Victory Room Auditorium starts at 7 p.m.

It will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. art exhibit, artist's talk and reception in the center’s atrium.

Williams,  the theatre arts class instructor, will present the artists’ talk to enlighten the audience about the different pieces on display. The exhibition will include highly textured multimedia pieces that encourage touch and interaction, especially by visually impaired.

“We, as visual artists, have omitted the visually impaired,” Williams said.  

Lou Walker Senior Center is at 2538 Panola Road in Lithonia.