Stars ready for Dara tribute

Ron Scott | 2/13/2013, 12:57 p.m.

Among his many credits, Dara wrote the music and performed in Aishah Rahman's "A Tale of Madame Zora," (which earned him one of his two AUDELCO Awards for Outstanding Musical Creator) and the PBS American Playhouse production of "Zora is My Name," conceived by and featuring Ruby Dee.

His musical melodrama, "From Natchez to New York," was aired on National Public Radio and performed live with Diane McIntyre and cast at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. In 1999, his theater work was honored with the prestigious AUDELCO Lifetime Achievement Award. During that same year, he received France's esteemed award the Django d'Or for "In the World..."

Tickets are $30 general admission and $60 for VIP tickets, which include a reception with the Reggie Quinerly Trio. Call 888-718-4253.

When one reflects on the arts in Harlem and its jazz concerts associated with Harlem Week and in Mount Vernon, the name Dillard Boone quickly comes to mind. He was also a man of many talents particularly in city government. Unfortunately, Boone passed away Thursday, Jan. 10. He will truly be missed. His thoughtful words of wisdom that he shared with me will now become treasured moments of thought when he briefly crossed my path and we had time for a brief conversation. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family.