Jessye Norman to receive lifetime achievement Grammy award
VAIL – While opera star Jessye Norman will highlight the Vail International Dance Festival this summer, the legendary soprano will be feted for her career accomplishments this coming February when she will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 2006 Grammy Awards.In addition to Norman, rocker David Bowie, the band Cream, country singer Merle Haggard, blues singer Robert Johnson, the late comedian Richard Pryor and the folk group the Weavers will also be honored with lifetime awards, presented during the Grammy Awards ceremony on Feb. 8.
Norman will open the 2006 Vail International Dance Festival on July 30 joining forces with choreographer Trey McIntyre for “The Diva, The Duke and The Dance,” featuring the music of Duke Ellington in song and dance. Norman will perform with her musicians, for the first act, singing a collection of Duke Ellington favorites. There will also be a selection featuring McIntyre’s company. The second act will feature Norman singing a selection of sacred Ellington songs, accompanied by several dancers from the Trey McIntyre Project.McIntyre will then present “Go Out, a world premier, which which focuses on the ways we “go out” of life, choreographed to a collection of bluegrass and spirituals by the country star Ralph Stanley and also including music by John Hartford and Nina Simone.
The 2006 Vail International Dance Festival will run from July 30 through Aug. 13 at both the Ford Amphitheater and the Vilar Center for the Arts. Tickets for all performances are currently on sale, priced from $14-$85. Vail International Dance Festival tickets can be purchased online at http://www.vaildance.org or by calling either 845-TIXS (8497) or 1-888-920-ARTS (2787).The dance festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the festival or the foundation, contact 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.