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Jessye Norman Joins A Concert of Commemoration, Honoring the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Location: New York, USA
Jessye Norman
A Concert of Commemoration, Honoring the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
Sunday, September 11th at 2pm    Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
For Immediate Release, September 6, 2011, New York, NYJessye Norman, celebrated opera singer, activist and American icon, joins DCINY on the afternoon of September 11th for A Concert of Commemoration, Honoring the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Over 600 musicians will fill the stage for the concert featuring iconic music of war and peace, including over 300 members of England’s renowned Really Big Chorus. Miss Norman will speak the role of the Narrator in Karl Jenkins’s For the Fallen: In Memoriam Alfryn Jenkins, in its U.S. premiere. Jenkins wrote For the Fallen in memory of his Welsh uncle, Alfryn Jenkins, a viola player who was captain of a Lancaster bomber that was lost, with an all Welsh crew, over Berlin in 1944 while the composer was an infant.  It is set to the iconic poem by Laurence Binyon, which incorporates the Last Post bugle call, a soprano solo (Erika Grace Powell) and narration. The piece debuted last year at the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall.  
Miss Norman will also read Mayor Bloomberg’s proclamation to open the concert.
The program also includes Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, a stirring work that has been performed nearly 1000 times in 20 different countries since it was written in 2000, and René Clausen’s Memorial, written in 2003 to commemorate the victims of 9/11.The Distinguished Concerts Orchestra International and Distinguished Concerts Singers International will perform.
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The breath and width of Jessye Norman’s eclectic repertoire share equal richness with that of her innovative programming  and scholarship. She brings her passion for singing to all that she surveys on the opera and concert stages of the world, as well as her newest expansion in the world of jazz. Miss Norman’s collaborations with some of today’s most exciting and creative artists of many different disciplines enliven her own exploration of the arts in all its glorious forms. Most recently, her work with the four-time Grammy winning composer, Laura Karpman, produced a thrilling new multi-media musical theatre piece, ASK YOUR MAMA – Twelve poems on Jazz - by Langston Hughes, which had its premiere at Carnegie Hall in March of 2009 as a part of the HONOR! Festival held that month: a fifty-two event celebration of the African American contribution to the culture of the world, curated and directed by Miss Norman.  ASK YOUR MAMA was also presented at The Hollywood Bowl last summer in the summer of 2009. The Jessye Norman School for the Arts in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia is a tuition-free arts program for talented middle school students who would otherwise not be able to enjoy private tutoring in the arts.  The school is entering its ninth academic year and is not only a source of great pride for Miss Norman, but a reaction to the need and understanding that students given the opportunity of having the arts as a part of their education and this positive means of self-expression perform better academically all round and grow up to be more  involved  and caring citizens. Please do find out more about the school at: Miss Norman’s latest recording, ROOTS: MY LIFE, MY SONG, shares with the listener what she refers to as a part of her personal universe, some of the soundtrack of her life which offers her the opportunity to pay homage to some of the many who influence and encourage her ceaseless curiosity and what she feels is an obligation to offer musical expression outside of the traditional Classical canon, as she wishes to reach as many ears as will hear and as many hearts that are open to taking  this often surprising musical journey with her. Her work with several not-for-profit organizations include the New York Public Library, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Howard University and the Carnegie Hall Boards of Trustees, a graduate fellowship program and master class series in her name at The University of Michigan and spokesperson for The Partnership for the Homeless, all of which speak to her concern for the larger community and the citizenship that she credits her parents for having shown her from early childhood through their own community service. Miss Norman is an honorary ambassador to the United Nations, a fellow at Jesus and Newham Colleges at Cambridge University, a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres as well as a holder of the Legion D’Honneur, in France. France has named an orchid for her and in her hometown, an amphitheater which overlooks the tranquil Savannah River, bears name. Further accolades and awards include five Grammys and some thirty-eight honorary doctorates from universities, colleges and conservatories around the world, but it is the sheer joy of singing the keeps her ever searching, ever exploring, ever seeking to honor the ancestors.
Shira Gilbert
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