Stand Up Straight and Sing!
May 15, 2014
On the occasion of her new memoir, one of America’s most beloved and accomplished classical singers shares her life story: a descendant of generations of hardworking slaves and free ancestors who grew up amid the challenges of Jim Crow racism in the south as the civil rights movement was at its nascence. Nurtured by a close family and a tight-knit community centered on the local church, Jessye Norman grew up singing songs and spirituals within a tight-knit community. Decades later, after a meteoric rise at the Berlin Opera, a debut at the Metropolitan Opera and forays into blues, jazz and other roots music she has become one of America’s cultural treasures. Join us for an evening with an inspiring artist who has lead an astonishing life.