The theme for this year’s annual benefit concert for Augusta’s Jessye Norman School of the Arts is “Family Ties.” To that end, two pairs of notable Augusta siblings will be performing, along with internationally recognized opera star and Augusta native Norman herself, at the Oct. 11th event.
Stage star Russell Joel Brown, a singer, dancer and actor, will join his sister, Karen Brown, of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, for the event, along with brother and sister Wycliffe and Karen Gordon, both notable jazz musicians; trombonist/composer Wycliffe Gordon’s arrangement and recording of the “All Things Considered” theme music for NPR has been in use by the network since 1995.
The musicians will perform in various combinations throughout the concert, as well as with Ms. Norman. Meanwhile, Norman will be honored Oct. 9th with the designation of Augusta’s Eighth Street as Jessye Norman Boulevard. The Jessye Norman School of the Arts stands at the intersection of Eighth and Greene Streets.
More information along with tickets for the benefit concert, to be held at the Maxwell Theatre on the GRU Summerville Campus, can be found here: http://www.jessyenormanschool.org/2015benefit/