The July 22 editorial “Simply historic” was a moving and well-deserved tribute to opera singer Jessye Norman. Augusta needs to celebrate this native daughter, who has accomplished so much in the world and in her hometown.
By the establishment of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts 11 years ago, hundreds of Augusta children have been exposed to the arts, and have had the opportunity to discover their gifts and talents. These children have worked with professional artists – including Russell Joel Brown, who taught music in the first year of the Jessye Norman School.
Both Jessye Norman and Russell Joel Brown believe in giving back to their hometown of Augusta. Both will appear in the “Broadway and Beyond” benefit concert at Maxwell Theatre, on Georgia Regents University’s Summerville campus, at 5 p.m. Aug. 18.
One way for Augusta to honor Jessye Norman is to support the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, and help this be a living legacy to her.
Learn more about the school, and order tickets for the concert, at jessyenormanschool.org.
Linda M. Scales, Ed.D.
(The writer is a board member of the Rachel Longstreet Foundation, a sponsor of Jessye Norman School of the Arts.)