Legendary Soprano Jessye Norman: The Five Seasons at UCLA's Royce Hall
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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Featured review from Lauren S.
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a living legend. perhaps having some physical challenges (holding on to the piano and walking with a slight limp). Would have REALLY liked her to say a few words - even good evening would have been nice, or a few words about the music, etc. Her accompianist was awesome. The crowd was very supportive and enthusiastic. Liked the venue, Royce Hall, tho staging was totally stark. But because she held on to the piano for most of the performance, she was farther back on the stage; I would have liked her closer to the audience. Overall almost a 4 but these made it a 3.
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“This is an amazing voice, a catalogue of all that is virtuous in singing.” —New York Times
“The immensity of her voice struck like a thunderbolt… it was like an eruption of primal power." —Jerusalem Post
One of those once-in-a-generation singers who has never followed in the footsteps of others, soprano Jessye Norman continues to build upon her own rich legacy as she brings joy, passion and her opulent sound to innovative recital performances and operatic portrayals around the world.
A 2006 recipient of the Grammy Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award, Norman returns to Royce Hall after a breathtaking sold-out performance in 2005, performing an uplifting program celebrating love and the four seasons, including works by Brahms, Mahler, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Joseph Kosma, Richard Danielpour and more.
Accompanist: Mark Markham, piano