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Vocal Phenomenon Jessye Norman Performs in Benefit Concert

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Tickets on Sale Now! GRAMMY Award-Winning Soprano's Concert to Benefit Action for a Better Community

Rochester, N.Y.—September 12 2005—Tickets are on sale now for a special benefit performance October 28, 2005 featuring GRAMMY Award-winning celebrated soprano, Jessye Norman.

Long acknowledged as possessing one of the world’s most beautiful voices, Miss Norman will perform in Rochester, NY Friday, October 28, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Eastman Theatre. All proceeds from the special performance will benefit Action for a Better Community, Inc. (ABC). ABC, a non-profit community organization, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of building new beginnings for people in poverty. Tickets on Sale Now! Tickets for Jessye Norman’s performance 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.

Miss Norman, whose brother James Norman is the Executive Director of Action for a Better Community, has been recognized worldwide for her remarkable humanitarian efforts as well as her 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. This concert will be a very special and memorable finale capping a year of anniversary events and fundraisers.”

Garth Fagan, Founder and Artistic Director of internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance, will introduce Miss Norman at the Concert.

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.

In addition to her appearance in Rochester, Miss Norman’s 2005 performances include recitals in the United States, Germany, Austria, Poland and Lithuania.

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: For a complete bio, MP3 files, video clips and a high-resolution image of Miss Norman please visit www.abcinfo.org. Video footage for broadcast use is also available on request. Interviews with James Norman, ABC’s Executive Director, can also be arranged.

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

Sally Cohen, [email protected] 585.383.1839 (o), 585.749.1795 (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. For more information visit www.abcinfo.org. ###

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