AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – The Latest on the public funeral for international opera star Jessye Norman (all times local):
A musical prelude began the ceremony Saturday in the William B. Bell Auditorium. Norman’s family proceeded into the auditorium following the performance. The funeral is being livestreamed from Augusta.
Actor Laurence Fishburne, who is also from Augusta, will speak during the public service. Performers will include Wycliffe Gordon, J’Nai Bridges and students of Jessye Norman School of the Arts.
Norman died Sept. 30 at age 74. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor and four Grammy Awards.
World-famous performers, civil rights leaders and people who know her good works are gathering in international opera star Jessye Norman’s Georgia hometown for her funeral.
Actor Laurence Fishburne is expected to speak and musicians Wycliffe Gordon and J’Nai Bridges from the Metropolitan Opera will perform.
Norman died Sept. 30 at age 74. A trailblazing performer, she was one of the rare black singers to attain worldwide stardom in the opera world.
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