Illinois voice professor to give soprano concerts

Ollie Watts Davis, professor of music and director of the University of Illinois’ Black Chorus.

Ollie Watts Davis, a soprano and voice professor from the University of Illinois, is set to perform several concerts in the Grand Valley.

The first is a Colorado Mesa University Guest Artist Series concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Recital Hall in the university’s Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St. CMU’s Arthur Houle will accompany Davis on the piano.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students and can be purchased at the box office. Call 248-1604 for information.

Then, on Friday and Saturday, March 23–24, Davis will sing with the Western Colorado Chorale in a concert titled “The American Spiritual.” Those concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. each day in CMU’s Recital Hall.

Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 243-6787.

Davis was named the University of Illinois’ University Scholar in 2008, “one of the highest honors the University bestows on its faculty,” according to a news release from CMU. Davis is the founding director of the Black Sacred Music Symposium at UIUC and debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1990, the release said.


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