Monday, February 11, 2013

Jessye Norman Honored with Ambassador of the Arts Award in Washington, DC

Attorney General Eric Holder and wife Dr. Sharon Malone with guest of honor Jessye Norman (center).

Famed opera singer feted during Inauguration weekend by the Washington Performing Arts Society

WASHINGTON, DC - On Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Top of the Hay in the Hay-Adams Hotel, Jessye Norman was presented with the Ambassador of the Arts Award by Attorney General Eric Holder on behalf of Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), an arts organization that provides arts presentations and education in the Washington, DC region.

Overlooking expansive views of the White House and Washington Monument, guests were treated to entertainment by Tony-Award winner Audra McDonald and members of WPAS’s Children of the Gospel Choir.   Prominent attendees among the 150 guests were White House Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch, BET President and CEO Debra Lee, Ambassador Ramon Gil-Casares of Spain, Ambassador Michael Oren of Israel, and Ambassadors of Italy, the Federal Republic of Germany and Morrocco; Calvin Cafritz, Cora Masters Barry, President and CEO of Marriott International Arne Sorenson, Congressman John Dingell, and Broadway star and film director Will Swenson.

WPAS Board Chair Reginald Van Lee (center) with Debra Lee and Dr. Sharon Malone

Paxton Baker and Rachel Stuart Baker

Michael and Tysha Hyter, and James Nixon

WPAS's Children of the Gospel Choir perform.

Tony Award winning performer Audra McDonald

Jessye Norman supports many organizations, among them Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library, Dance Theatre of Harlem, National Music Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, an after school arts program in Augusta, Georgia.

Learn more about WPAS at

Photos courtesy of Chris Burch


Admin said...

I've always admired her so, thanks for showcasing her talent to everyone.

frances said...

awesome photos, great blog.

Tracey said...

Thank you Kalavati and Frances for your comments!