- College of Medicine
The 3rd Annual Jazz On A Green concert took over the UCF College of Medicine November 14, as more than 1,000 music lovers heard performances by the Robert Harris Jazz Group and NBC’s “The Voice” sensation Sisaundra Lewis, who performed for the second straight year.
Proceeds from the event, which are still being tallied, support M.D. scholarships as well as the YMCA’s scholarship fund.
“The show benefits the College of Medicine, and this fantastic campus,” emcee Mick Dolan from Jazzy 103.com said as attendees gathered with blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy music under the stars in Medical City. “People are excited about it, and what better way to celebrate than with jazz?”
Attendees came from across Central Florida and just down the street. A nearby resident of Laureate Park, who attended last year’s concert, said he returned because he enjoys having musical performances in his back yard. “We love having the Medical City here, but it’s also a great spot to have friends and meet your neighbors,” he said.
Lewis is a Central Florida native who gained national attention with her powerful voice after reaching the 2014 finals of the singing competition. She sang some classic hits during her performance, including James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s World,” which was one of her most acclaimed performances on the show. Lewis also unveiled some new original music from her upcoming album.
Accompanying her on stage were student dancers from NuLook School of Performing Arts in Apopka. “I love working with these young people,” she told the crowd. “They are so focused and dedicated. One of the best things about having a platform is that I can look back and help the younger generation.”