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July 27, 2011
Muse/ique What: Rachael Worby conducts, with soprano Jessye Norman and pianist Julia Greer When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Beckman Mall, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena Tickets: $75 Information: (818) 732-1712 or http://www.muse-ique.com
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July 27, 2011
Muse/ique What: Rachael Worby conducts, with soprano Jessye Norman and pianist Julia Greer When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Beckman Mall, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena Tickets: $75 Information: (818) 732-1712 or http://www.muse-ique.com
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April 3, 2001 | RICHARD S. GINELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Way back in 1982, Jessye Norman told an interviewer that she would still like to be singing song recitals when she reached the age of 60. That once-distant milestone is now a mere 4 1/2 years away--and from the evidence of her masterful program late Sunday afternoon in Santa Barbara's packed Arlington Theatre, she's right on schedule.
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July 27, 2011 | By Diane Haithman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With an international career that spans four decades, Jessye Norman is a long way from her childhood in a supportive, education-minded family in Augusta, Ga., singing in the church choir. It's much easier to envision the statuesque star as the reported inspiration for the 1982 French film thriller "Diva," whose title character embodies all the excess the word implies. One reason the stereotype lives on: In recent years, Norman has avoided the press. The reason, she says, is that many who show up to question her might as easily hail from the sports department or the gardening section as the classical music beat.
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April 27, 1992 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Jessye Norman, who made her belated Orange County debut with a rather brief, wildly cheered recital Friday at the Performing Arts Center, is a diva--the real, rare thing. And she plays the part to the precious hilt. She sweeps onto the stage in stately splendor, usually wearing a fanciful costume that masquerades as an evening gown. In this case it was a billowing white and blue hand-painted kimono. (Too bad she wouldn't allow our photographer to take her picture.
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January 29, 2000 | VERENA DOBNIK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
She's the diva of Girl Scout cookies. Opera star Jessye Norman sold more than 2,000 boxes in the past year--"My best year ever," she says. "I get the chipmunk and the stuffed bear and the patch and everything--just like the 10-year-olds," says the 54-year-old soprano about her sideline from "that night job," her career as a concert artist. "I will sell cookies to anybody, anywhere, on the street, to people out of the back of my car."
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January 11, 2006 | Richard Cromelin
David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor and the Weavers have been named recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors "lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium," the academy said Tuesday.
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September 19, 1992
Re "World-Class Welcome Home for Ozawa" (Sept. 7): Readers need to be informed of the facts, which Teresa Watanabe's article does not do. Watanabe conveys that Seiji Ozawa returned to Japan for the first time in 30 years. She also stresses that this is the first "world-class classical music festival" in Japan. First, Ozawa has been music director and conductor of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo since 1972. He has been a national hero for decades, which is why he has both the corporate support to start the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the admiration of the Empress of Japan.
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February 7, 2009 | Diane Haithman
The Los Angeles Philharmonic does not plan to officially announce its 2009 Hollywood Bowl season until March 16 -- but it's a little hard to keep a secret when a partial schedule has already been mailed to more than 10,000 subscribers and is readily available on the Bowl website. A perk of being one of those subscribers is that you get to buy series tickets before the crowd, hence the early notification. Subscribers can begin purchasing series tickets now, and new subscriptions are also being accepted.
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January 11, 2006 | Richard Cromelin
David Bowie, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor and the Weavers have been named recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors "lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium," the academy said Tuesday.
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April 4, 2005 | Richard S. Ginell, Special to The Times
Jessye Norman is back in the news, though for reasons best appreciated by opera buffs who love the latest bit of behind-the-scenes gossip. The diva's recital at UCLA's Royce Hall on Saturday night came in the wake of a report that she had just pulled out of Michigan Opera Theatre's world premiere production of "Margaret Garner" in May, a new opera by composer Richard Danielpour and author Toni Morrison.
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April 3, 2001 | RICHARD S. GINELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Way back in 1982, Jessye Norman told an interviewer that she would still like to be singing song recitals when she reached the age of 60. That once-distant milestone is now a mere 4 1/2 years away--and from the evidence of her masterful program late Sunday afternoon in Santa Barbara's packed Arlington Theatre, she's right on schedule.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2000 | VERENA DOBNIK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
She's the diva of Girl Scout cookies. Opera star Jessye Norman sold more than 2,000 boxes in the past year--"My best year ever," she says. "I get the chipmunk and the stuffed bear and the patch and everything--just like the 10-year-olds," says the 54-year-old soprano about her sideline from "that night job," her career as a concert artist. "I will sell cookies to anybody, anywhere, on the street, to people out of the back of my car."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1992
Re "World-Class Welcome Home for Ozawa" (Sept. 7): Readers need to be informed of the facts, which Teresa Watanabe's article does not do. Watanabe conveys that Seiji Ozawa returned to Japan for the first time in 30 years. She also stresses that this is the first "world-class classical music festival" in Japan. First, Ozawa has been music director and conductor of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo since 1972. He has been a national hero for decades, which is why he has both the corporate support to start the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the admiration of the Empress of Japan.
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October 10, 1986 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
Regal, serene, gracious of manner and wearing a flowing gown decorated in autumnal colors, Jessye Norman sweeps onto the stage at Ambassador Auditorium, as she has several times in the past decade, and waits purposefully before beginning her recital--on this occasion, an agenda of 20 songs by Richard Strauss. When she sings, it is with deliberate care and well-planned pacing of her vocal resources. The soprano from Georgia, who now makes her home in England, does not hurry about anything.
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April 16, 1989 | WALTER PRICE
Wagner: "Die Walkure" Eva Marton, Cheryl Studer, Waltraud Meier, Reiner Goldberg, James Morris, Matti Salminen, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Bernard Haitink, conductor. EMI DCDC49534 (CD); the same, with Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig, Gary Lakes, James Morris, Kurt Moll, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, conductor. Deutsche Gramophon 423389-2 (CD). With these first installments of two projected "Ring" cycles, one might think we are in an age of great Wagnerian singing.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1992 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Jessye Norman, who made her belated Orange County debut with a rather brief, wildly cheered recital Friday at the Performing Arts Center, is a diva--the real, rare thing. And she plays the part to the precious hilt. She sweeps onto the stage in stately splendor, usually wearing a fanciful costume that masquerades as an evening gown. In this case it was a billowing white and blue hand-painted kimono. (Too bad she wouldn't allow our photographer to take her picture.
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October 12, 1991 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
It didn't look like an opening, Thursday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Only the press release gushed the dreaded G-word ( gala ). There was nary a black tie, much less a tiara, in sight. No posies lined the stage apron. The melodic trials of "The Star-Spangled Banner" were not attempted. The champagne cup did not runneth over. This, obviously, was just another symphonic show.
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