Opera star Jessye Norman headlining April benefit

09:42 AM, Mar 04, 2013

Soprano Jessye Norman will headline the Action for a Better Community benefit concert in April at the Eastman Theatre. She is shown here performing at Together To End AIDS: An Evening To Benefit amfAR and GBCHealth at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts last year in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)/

Jessye Norman will headline an April 14 benefit concert for Action for a Better Community at Eastman Theatre.

The concert is called “The African American Cultural Legacy,” and also will include performances by Garth Fagan Dance and pianist Mark Markham.

The timing and theme of the concert were selected to coincide with the presence of the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s exhibit, ‘RACE: Are We So Different,’ and launching of the Facing Race, Embracing Equity Initiative,” says James Norman, president and CEO of Action for a Better Community.

Facing Race, Embracing Equity is a series of events to promote cross-cultural exploration, appreciation and dialogue.

Tickets are $25 to $125 and available at (585) 454-2100 or rpo.org. The $125 seats include a post-concert reception with Jessye Norman, an operatic soprano who has won five Grammy Awards and also has recorded jazz and other genres. She received the African-American Church Inaugural Ball’s Keepers of the Flame award for her impact on social justice through music.

— Staff reports