By Andrea Nicolls
Vice President, African American History Club
Come and be prepared to be dazzled and inspired by the Lomax Sisters: Sharon, Valda, Dorothea, and Lolethia.
The Lomax Sisters are ready to share their talents with Riderwood. Sponsored by the PAC and the African American History Club, the Sisters will perform during Black History Month on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Encore Theater. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $5 and will be sold in all dining room lobbies from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11.
The Sisters began their singing careers 50 years ago in the Queen’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Beltsville. Raised in a family where musical traditions of various genres were listened to and appreciated, the Lomax Sisters absorbed their musical lessons from an early age. They were nurtured by their parents, William Edward and the late Shirley Loma; their great-aunt, the late Arnita Lomax Simms, an accomplished pianist herself; Lucille Gilbert, Queen’s Chapel UMC Children’s Choir Director; and Elizabeth Smith, their first pianist.
Besides performing at numerous weddings, funerals and church anniversaries, the Sisters have also been asked by elected officials to perform at various functions in the Washington DC region. A highlight of their careers was winning first-place at the Kennedy Center’s Kentucky Fried Chicken Gospel Music Competition in 1984.