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Jessye Norman, Vocal Phenomenon, Performs in Benefit Concert March 12 --Tickets on Sale Now

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GRAMMY award-winning soprano Jessye Norman, will perform at a special benefit concert March 12, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, NY.

All proceeds from the concert will benefit the non-profit community organization Action for a Better Community, Inc. (ABC), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary of building new beginnings for people in poverty.

Tickets on Sale Now
Tickets are on sale now and are $35, $50 and $75. Patron tickets are $100 and include a VIP reception with Miss Norman following the concert. Student tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, visit www.abcinfo.org, www.rpo.org, the RPO Box Office at 108 East Avenue, any Wegmans Video Department in Rochester, N.Y. or call 585-454-2100.

Long acknowledged as possessing one of the world's most beautiful voices, Miss Norman, whose brother James Norman is the President and CEO of Action for a Better Community, has also been recognized worldwide for her remarkable humanitarian efforts and artistic accomplishments. This will be her third concert for ABC in ten years.

“I am particularly honored that my sister will be performing in this special benefit concert for ABC," said James Norman. “Her previous performances here have been so warmly received and vitally important to helping us invest in important services that benefit thousands of adults and children who need our services."

About Jessye Norman
Jessye Norman serves on many charitable and arts organizations' Boards of Directors. She is the national spokesperson for the Lupus Foundation and The Partnership for the Homeless, as well as a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America.

Miss Norman's distinguished catalogue of recordings has won numerous awards. Her most recent recordings include The Jessye Norman Collection--Brahms / Schumann: Lieder, and The Jessye Norman Collection--Richard Strauss: Lieder, both of which were released internationally in April 2005. Her recording, “Bluebeard's Castle," with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, received the GRAMMY Award for best opera in 1999. In 2000, she released her first jazz CD, “I was Born in Love with You," to wide acclaim.

Miss Norman became the youngest recipient of the United States Kennedy Center Honor in 1997, and was the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal in 2000. The Paris National Museum named an orchid for her, and the Amphitheatre and Plaza in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia, have also been named in her honor.

Miss Norman records on the Universal Music Group Label. Details of her program will be announced in September.

Jessye Norman Benefit Concert Sponsors
This special performance is presented by Citizen's Bank and also made possible through the generous support of the Democrat and Chronicle, HSBC, Frontier, Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Landsman Development, Rose and Kiernan, Allied Office Products, 10 NBC, Bene-Care, R. Giambrone & Company, Panther Graphics and WDKX.

Note to editors/reporters:
A complete bio, MP3 files, video clips, high-resolution image of Miss Norman and video footage for broadcast use are available on request. Interviews with James Norman, ABC's President and CEO, can also be arranged.

Media Contact
Jean Dalmath, [email protected], 585.586.6650 (o), 585.755.6911 (c)

About Action for a Better Community, Inc.
For four decades, Action for a Better Community, Inc. (ABC) has been a leader in encouraging and developing self-sufficiency in low-income families. Since its start in 1965, ABC has helped thousands of individuals and families to move from public assistance and/or the ranks of the working poor to a gainfully-employed, tax-paying status. ABC's programs focus on three key areas: early childhood services (including Head Start), employment and economic development, and community services. They touch upon the health, education, safety, employment and housing for families, individuals, teen and toddlers in Monroe and Ontario counties in Western New York.

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