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May 02, 2004

Jessye Norman makes her first appearance in Thailand at the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Center

Jessye Norman

Opera Singer, Crugers/USA

Keynote Speaker

Presented by Toshiba Thailand, organized by Bangkok Opera in co-operation with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation

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'. 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. From Haydn to Mahler to Schoenberg and Berg, from Satie and Poulenc to Gershwin and Bernstein, the range of Norman's musical reach has been and continues to be breathtaking. No matter what the language, she makes every word matter, every note tell. She is a serious musician with a generosity of spirit and warmth; there is something of the divine in the music she makes. In December of 1997, Norman was invested with the highest US award in the performing arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, making history as the youngest recipient in the Honor's twenty-year existence. In 1990 she was named Honorary Ambassador to the United Nations, and in 2000 she was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal. In addition to her busy performance schedule, Miss Norman serves on the Board of many notable charitable organizations such as Citymeals-on-Wheels and The Elton John AIDS Foundation. She is also the national spokesperson for The Partnership for the Homeless.

Sunday, May 2, 2004:

19:30 Major recital performance and Thailand premier at the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Center

Info and tickets: Thai Ticket Master Phone (02) 204 9999,