Originally created 08/08/99

Surprise: Norman nominated for hall of fame



HALL CALL -- Augusta native and international opera star Jessye Norman is a 1999 nominee to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Ms. Norman, who lives in New York, is nominated in the Mary Tallent Pioneer Award category.

She'll find out if she's in at the 21st annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show Sept. 25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, which will be aired live on Georgia Public Television.

Tickets to the event, which includes dinner, are $75. For more information, call (770) 491-9494.

AUGUSTA TIES -- In a recent column (very similar to this one), Rich Copley, a former arts and entertainment writer for The Augusta Chronicle who now writes for The Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, waxed nostalgic about the Morris Museum of Art.

"When I interviewed for my first job as entertainment writer at The Augusta Chronicle, I stayed in a hotel across a plaza from the Morris Museum of Art and dismissively thought, `how nice, they have an art museum. I wasn't expecting much culturally from this town where golf (The Masters) was king," he wrote.

The impetus for his recollections: the exhibit A Place Not Forgotten: Landscapes of the South From the Morris Museum of Art, displayed at the University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington.

He recalls being surprised at the quality of the museum's collections and adherence to its mission of exposing Southern art.

"That is the Morris mission: It is the only museum in the nation solely devoted to the art of the Southern United States, and it does its job so well it's easily the best, most important cultural establishment in Augusta," he wrote.

YOU SHALL PLAY CARNEGIE HALL -- Augusta native Diedre Bacco, a 1969 Richmond Academy graduate, will perform April 1 with the Nashville Symphony at the pinnacle of concert venues, Carnegie Hall.

"I am curious about the sounds and feelings of playing in Carnegie Hall," said Mrs. Bacco. "I've played and sat in concert halls around the world, but Carnegie Hall has a very prominent reputation that will be very exciting to experience from a performing perspective."

Mrs. Bacco, who began playing violin at age 5, credits her musical success to her father, Dr. Eloy Fominaya, who is also a violinist. "Since my father is a violin professor, music was always around the house," said Ms. Bacco. "I have a love for music and orchestra playing."

She graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in violin performance. She played in symphonies in Alabama, California and Mexico before joining the Nashville Symphony in 1982.

Kent Kimes covers arts and entertainment for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3626 or kkimes@augustachronicle.com.