We are delighted to announce that Opera Fusion has been awarded a grant from the Rosemary Duffy Larson Trust.
The grant will support three specific projects in 2020: Opera Meets Broadway, Master Classes for Broward College music students, and the inaugural season of the Rosemary Duffy Larson Concert Series, with performances at Broward College’s Davie and North campuses. The Trust and Opera Fusion will work to identify other collaborative efforts to include other arts organizations that the Trust supports, such as the Florida Singing Sons, the Girl Choir of South Florida, the Florida Children’s Theater, ArtServe, and the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra, among others.
Rosemary Duffy Larson, who died in 2016 at the age of 100, dedicated her life to community service and philanthropy. She was born and spent much of her youth in Ohio, married Judge T.J. Duffy of Columbus, and began a civic and political career. She chaired the Ohio State Bicentennial Arts Council and Columbus Symphony Ball, served on the Ohio Arts Council, was president of the Women’s Division of the Columbus Symphony, and was an art gallery, historical society, and children’s hospital board member. Also active politically, she attended a “Women’s Role in Politics” conference at the White House.
After Judge Duffy died, she married Clarence E. Larson II, and they resided mainly in Washington, D.C., where she continued her philanthropic activities before moving to Fort Lauderdale in the 1980s. Here, she chaired the Ambassador’s Ball, the Fort Lauderdale Council Navy League Ball, the Fort Lauderdale Freedoms Foundation Ball, and the Philharmonic Symphony Ball, among others. She served on the boards of the Opera Society, Gold Coast Opera, the Concert Association of Florida, and the Florida Philharmonic Society.
At Broward College, the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is part of the Visual and Performing Arts Department and hosts international artists’ contemporary works. The Trust also supports Bailey Hall at Broward College, where the annual Rosemary Duffy Larson Classical Series brings internationally acclaimed performers.
While many of the Trust’s grants are made to arts organizations, other non-profits it has helped include Habitat for Humanity, enabling a family in Pompano Beach help build its own home, and a legacy program at the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale, which serves children with special healthcare needs.