Jessye Norman: Stand Up Straight and Sing!

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Internationally renowned opera singer Jessye Norman not only understands the value of an artistic education, but she’s the prime example of the power of perseverance. As a child, Norman developed a remarkable voice that would later earn the gifted young soprano a scholarship to Howard University. After post-graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory and University of Michigan Ann Arbor, she relocated to Europe, and over the course of her illustrious tenure, has established herself as one of the world’s most opulent voices in opera and concert recital performances.

The recipient of dozens of accolades, including being the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, this dazzling artist also holds honorary doctorates from over 30 colleges, universities and conservatories, proving that she is as scholarly as she is talented. But Philadelphians are all too aware of Norman’s gifts. In 1982, on a double bill with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, she made a potent American stage debut with refinement, nuance and the dramatic flair for which she’s become known. A year later, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York City.

Tonight, Norman will discuss her recent memoir, Stand Up Straight And Sing!, an appreciation of those who fostered her along the way. Her legacy continues to shape and inspire via the Jessye Norman School of the Arts she founded in her Augusta, Ga. hometown, dedicated to providing top-notch tutelage in the fine arts and equipping students with the tools they’ll need to fully realize their artistic potential—and, like the diva herself, blaze new trails. // KENNEDY ALLEN

7:30pm, $25. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org

 

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 05/27/2014. .

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