Saturday, February 2, 2013 by Patrick D. McCoy: 'Performing Arts: Salute to Jessye Norman'

accepted the Ambassador of the Arts Award from WPAS Chairman at the Washington Performing Arts Society Inauguration Weekend Brunch. (Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Arts supporters such as Judith Terra and were among the guests on hand to celebrate Jessye Norman. (Photo by Chris Burch)

Washington Performing Arts Society honored Norman with first Ambassador of the Arts Award
Posted on 01 February 2013
Washington Performing Arts Society kicked off the 2013 arts scene on a high note, as they chose to honor one of classical music’s legendary artists on the dawn of President ‘s second inauguration. Soprano Jessye Norman was presented with the first ever Ambassador of the Arts Award in recognition of her committment to artistic excellence and many contributions to the community. Her brother, James Noman, and sister, , were there to celebrate with the honoree.

A lavish brunch was held in Norman’s honor at the Hay-Adams Hotel where guests enjoyed a sumptuous meal, ornamented by exquisite decor. Pianist provided smooth jazz stylings as the guests mingled. The festive event began with words of welcome by board chairman Reginald Van Lee, who then introduced WPAS development chair for further remarks. 

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