Celebration of Jessye Norman's life begins Thursday

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019

The spirit of Jessye Norman, who passed away at the age of 74 on Monday, still lives in the halls of her namesake school in Augusta. (Source: WRDW)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The family of international opera star Jessye Norman has announced her funeral arrangements and her life is being celebrated right here in Augusta.

An Augusta local, Norman died last week at the age of 74. Students from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts gathered last week to remember and honor the star.

The lineup of distinguished performers and speakers will include longtime friend and civil rights activist Vernon Jordan, Michael Eric Dyson, and Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes, and Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr., and Augusta’s natives Laurence Fishburne and Wycliffe Gordon, with musical tributes by six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Harolyn Blackwell, and Lawrence Brownlee, and other confirmations expected this week. Musical direction by Damien Sneed, a longtime friend and Augusta native.

Elder Raymond Sturkey will deliver the eulogy, and Reverend Dr. Clyde Hill, Sr. of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church will officiate the homegoing service, which will include family, friends, dignitaries and special guests, and seating will be available to the public.

Tentative arrangements for Norman are the following:

Date:
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Time:
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Event:
Jessye Norman’s Public Viewing

Location:
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
1260 Wrightsboro Road
Augusta, GA 30901

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Date:
Friday, October 11, 2019

Time:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Event:
Jessye Norman’s Public Viewing

Location:
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
1260 Wrightsboro Road,
Augusta, GA 30901

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Date:
Friday, October 11, 2019

Time:
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Event:
Honorary Street Naming Ceremony to Jessye Norman Boulevard

Location:
Jessye Norman School of the Arts (JNSA)
739 Green Street
Augusta, GA 30901
*Followed by a reception in the Ann and Ellis Johnson Gallery of Art (at JNSA)

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Date:
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Time:
1:00 p.m.

Event:
Jessye Norman’s Homecoming Service

Location:
The William B. Bell Auditorium
712 Telfair Street
Augusta, GA 30901
*Doors open and seating will begin at 12:00 p.m.

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Date:
Sunday, October 13, 2019

Time:
4:00 p.m.

Event:
The Jessye Norman School of the Arts’ Annual Benefit Concert: “An Evening with Audra McDonald”

Location:
Miller Theater
708 Broad Street (Downtown Augusta)
Augusta, GA 30901

Flowers:
J. Norman Funeral Service
c/o Williams Funeral Home
2945 Old Tobacco Road
Hephzibah, GA 30815
*Please direct resolutions and/or proclamations, cards, and condolences to the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, 739 Green Street, Augusta, GA 30901 to be read at the service and/or provided to the family.

*In lieu of flowers, foundation endowment gifts in honor of Jessye Norman can be made at www.jessyenormanschool.org.

*Donations may be sent to the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, 739 Green Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

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