Stand Up Straight and Sing!
Stand Up Straight and Sing!
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In Stand Up Straight and Sing!, Jessye Norman recalls in rich detail the strong women who were her role models, from her ancestors to family friends, relatives, and teachers. She hails the importance of her parents in her early learning and experiences in the arts. And she describes coming face-to-face with racism, not just as a child living in the segregated South but also as an adult out and about in the world.
She speaks of the many who have inspired her and taught her essential life lessons. A special interlude on her key relationship with the pioneering African American singer Marian Anderson reveals the lifelong support that this great predecessor provided through her example of dignity and grace at all times.
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to witness Miss Rosa Parks, a woman who taught the world the power of quiet resistance and self-determination, receive her due. On that day, the mother of the civil rights movement was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal from the President of the United States, President Bill Clinton. The Rotunda was filled with those whose hearts would sing out with the true meaning of democracy: justice and freedom—a celebration of the best of humankind. As Miss Rosa Parks was honored, she honored every
Japanese women at their spa, and I was truly an exotic find for them as they strode the corridors in vintage dressing gowns and sandals. Some actually would dart back into their hotel rooms if they spotted me before I spotted them. The best approach was a quiet one: I let them be, and passed them without looking up or acknowledging their presence in any way. I had no way of knowing if my employing the standard greeting of Konnichiwa would cause some sort of uprising or bring a cordial response. I
memoir! But the shortest possible list of my favorites would have to include: Our first “Recital with Orchestra” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in which Jessye sang the entire program, just as she would in a recital with piano. Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival. Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival on the occasion of Jessye’s Salzburg debut. Her performing as soloist in the first of what became
at Howard to all that has come after those years. Other capital cities have their own grand and glorious presence. There are so many beautiful buildings in Vienna, for example, that it is rather difficult to know which of these is an actual palace or was, indeed, a palace in previous times. The musical history of this city vies easily for the most outstanding of all. My first visit to Vienna was not to witness a musical performance but to see this new sensation in the classical dance world about