Sponsored by: Virginia and Edwin Barber
John and Harriet Gardner
Lawrence R. and Vicky C. Eicher
George and Harmon Logan
Elsie and Mac Thompson
BROADWAY IS COMING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE!
While at The Paramount Theater, the legendary Jessye Norman, a GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD winner, will be performing an evening of tributes to American Masters. Below is the scheduled program for the evening:
A CELEBRATION OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE
Rodgers and Hart, “Falling in Love with Love”
THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE
Rodgers und Hammerstein, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
George Gershwin, “But Not For Me”
George Gershwin, “I Got Rhythm”
George Gershwin, “The Man I Love”
LADY, BE GOOD!
Harold Arlen, “Sleepin’ Bee”
HOUSE OF FLOWERS
Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Leonard Bernstein, “Lonely Town”
ON THE TOWN
George Gershwin, “My Man’s Gone Now”
PORGY AND BESS
A CELEBRATION OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
MOSAIC – A TRIBUTE TO THE GREATS
For Nina Simone: “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
For Lena Horne: “Stormy Weather”
For Odetta: “Another Man Done Gone”
For Ella Fitzgerald: “Mack the Knife”
Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington
“Meditation for piano”
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”
“I’ve Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good”
“It Don’t Mean A Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing”
PIANIST: Mark Markham
JESSYE NORMAN is “one of those once-in-a-generation singers who is not simply following in the footsteps of others, but is staking out her own niche in the history of singing.” This rich history continues to be made as she brings her sumptuous sound, her joy of singing and spontaneous passion to recital performances, operatic portrayals and appearances with symphony orchestras and chamber music collaborators to audiences around the world. The sheer size, power, and luster of her voice share equal acclaim with that of her thoughtful music-making, innovative programming of the classics, and fervent advocacy of contemporary music. Miss Norman’s collaborations with artists on the cutting-edge in their fields, as Robert Wilson, Andre Heller, Bill T. Jones, Steve McQueen and Laura Karpman serve to add new dimensions and exciting new challenges to her work.
ABOUT JESSYE NORMAN
The Jessye Norman School of the Arts in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia now entering its sixth academic year, serves as a platform and unique study facility for talented middle school students in music performance, writing, drama, dance and graphic art. The students attend this after-school program tuition-free.
Miss Norman is the recipient of many awards and honors. In December of 1997, she was invested with the United States highest award in the performing arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, making history as the youngest recipient in the Honors’ twenty-year existence. Her many other prestigious distinctions include honorary doctorates at some thirty-five colleges, universities and conservatories around the world, the most recent being the Doctor of Fine Arts honoris causa from the University of North Carolina in May of 2008.
In February of 2006, Jessye Norman became only the fourth opera/classical music singer in the forty-eight year history of the GRAMMY AWARDS Celebration, to be presented THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for Classical Music. Creating her own place in this legendary list of awardees, Miss Norman joins the illustrious company of Enrico Caruso, Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price.
In May 2006, Miss Norman was awarded the Edison Prize in Amsterdam for her outstanding contribution to recorded classical music, which includes some seventy-five CD’s of her eclectic repertoire.
Miss Norman was awarded the highest civilian honor for Austria, The Medal of Arts and Letters, first class, by President Heinz Fisher at the Hapsburg Palace in Vienna. President Fisher noted her longstanding artistic relationship with Austria, citing her many performances all over the country as well as her twenty-five years of performances at the Salzburg Festival.
HONOR!, a three week-long festival celebrating the African American contribution to the legacy of Carnegie Hall and to the cultural mosaic of the world, took place in March of 2009. This unique series of performances, exhibitions and discussions was sponsored by Carnegie Hall, directed and curated by Jessye Norman.
Miss Norman was awarded the Centennial Medal of the American Academy in Rome, for her artistic and humanitarian accomplishments and the Frederick Douglas Medal by the New York Urban League, recognizing her continuing professional expansion and accomplishment along with her exemplary attention to civic responsibility.
Jessye Norman was awarded the 2009 New York City Handel Medallion, the city’s highest award for achievement in the arts. Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented Miss Norman with the medallion at a ceremony held at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Ms. Norman was the distinguished recipient of a 2009 National Medal of Arts presented to her by President Obama at a glittering White House ceremony.
In addition to her busy performance schedule, Miss Norman serves on the board of directors for The New York Public Library and she is a member of the Board of Governors for the New York Botanical Garden. She is also serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Howard University, the Lupus Foundation, Paine College, and The Augusta Opera Association. She is national spokesperson for The Lupus Foundation and The Partnership for the Homeless. An enthusiastic Girl Scout cookie seller, she is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America.