ARTS Pick: Jessye Norman

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A national treasure in the arts, vocalist Jessye Norman brings her tremendous talent to the Paramount stage. A national treasure in the arts, vocalist Jessye Norman brings her tremendous talent to the Paramount stage.

Uber achiever

The richly talented Jessye Norman is not a standard singer. To clarify, she does sing standards, as well as opera and Broadway ballads, but she refuses to align herself with any stereotype. Her set list consists of classics by Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Bernstein, but Norman innovates through the sheer power of her voice and eclectic collaborative partners from Toni Morrison to Bill T. Jones. She was the youngest recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in 1997, holds mulitiple Grammys and has received innumerable accolades as an artist and mentor—not the least of which is a lifetime membership in the Girl Scouts.

Thursday 4/4 $44.50-64.50, 8pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 979-1333.

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