Performance Saturday, February 14, 2015 | 8 PM

Jessye Norman
Mark Markham

Hooray for Love!

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
In a special program of classics from musical theater and the Great American Songbook, Jessye Norman is sure to captivate audiences with selections by Arlen, Bernstein, Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers and Hart, and Ellington, plus songs by Satie, Weill, Poulenc, Bizet, and others.


  • Jessye Norman, Soprano
  • Mark Markham, Piano
  • Colin Davin, Guitar and Mandolin
  • Ron Carter, Double Bass


  • KERN "The Song Is You"
  • RODGERS "Lover"
  • RODGERS "Falling in Love with Love"
  • SATIE "Je te veux"
  • RODGERS "With a Song in My Heart"
  • GERSHWIN "I Got Rhythm"
  • WEILL "September Song"
  • KERN "All the Things You Are"
  • GERSHWIN "But Not for Me"
  • POULENC "Les chemins de l'amour"
  • GERSHWIN "The Man I Love"
  • ELLINGTON "Sophisticated Lady"
  • ARLEN "Stormy Weather"
  • GERSHWIN "Love Walked In"
  • BERNSTEIN "Lucky to Be Me"
  • ARLEN "Hooray for Love"
  • PORTER "In the Still of the Night"
  • SCOTTO "J'ai deux amours"
  • DUKE "April in Paris"
  • BIZET "Quand je vous aimerai - Habanera" from Carmen

  • Encores:
  • RODGERS "My Funny Valentine"
  • ARLEN "Hooray for Love"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two and one-half hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Jessye Norman

    Jessye Norman, one of the world's most celebrated performing artists, is acclaimed for her performances in a wide range of leading roles with the world's premier opera companies, in solo recitals, and in concerts of her cherished classical repertoire with preeminent orchestras all over the globe. She is also held in high esteem for her latest artistic expansion with her jazz ensemble and the extensive programming of music from the American musical theater, which she has entitled American Masters.

    Miss Norman is the recipient of many awards and accolades, including some 38 honorary doctorate degrees from colleges, universities, and conservatories around the world; five Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award; the National Medal of Arts received at the White House from President Obama in 2010; and being named a Kennedy Center honoree. The Wolf Prize-awarded yearly in the arts and sciences-will be presented to Miss Norman this May in ceremonies to be held in Jerusalem.

    Her community service includes trustee board memberships at The New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Lupus Foundation, and Paine College.

    Miss Norman is often called upon to speak to her passionate involvement and advocacy of arts education. The school for the arts in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia-which bears her name-enables her to support and see first-hand the extraordinary work of an equally dedicated staff of teachers and auxiliary personnel as students who would otherwise not be able to avail themselves of private tutelage in the arts grow into the fullness of their talents and gifts, developing their own sense of community and citizenship. She absolutely glows at any mention of the Jessye Norman School for the Arts and is grateful indeed for this tangible, living opportunity to address the need for education in the arts in the town where her own studies and training began.

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  • Mark Markham

    Pianist Mark Markham made his debut in 1980 as soloist with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra and in the same year was invited by Boris Goldovsky to coach opera at the Oglebay Institute, marking the start of his multifaceted career.

    Mr. Markham received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Ann Schein. He has performed with the Brentano, Mozarteum, Glinka, and Castagnieri quartets, as well as with Edgar Meyer, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, and Ira Coleman. He has toured the US, Europe, and Asia with countertenor Derek Lee Ragin and frequently works with Theodora Hanslowe, Jennifer O'Loughlin, Leah Crocetto, and Marianna Pizzolato.

    Since 1995, Mr. Markham has been the recital partner of Jessye Norman, giving nearly 300 performances in more than 25 countries, including the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize presentation to President Jimmy Carter in Oslo, Norway. Recently, he has performed with Miss Norman in London, Paris, Lyon, Moscow, Ghent, Zurich, Oman, Beirut, Baden-Baden, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

    Widely regarded for his improvisational skills, Mr. Markham performed at the Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany, where he collaborated with Sir Peter Ustinov in a live television broadcast. His gift for jazz has been recognized in Sacred Ellington, a program created by Miss Norman in which he serves as pianist and musical director. Most recently, his recording with Miss Norman titled Roots: My Life, My Song was nominated for a Grammy.

    In 1990, Mr. Markham was invited to join the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, where he served for 10 years as vocal coach and professor of vocal repertoire and accompanying. A former faculty member of Morgan State University, the Britten-Pears School in England, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival of Yale University, he has presented master classes for pianists and singers throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, in addition to being a guest lecturer for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Colin Davin

    Guitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today's most dynamic young artists. He has performed across the world, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum's collection), the Alhambra palace in Spain, and the Paris Conservatoire. In November 2014, he appeared as a featured musical guest alongside soprano Jessye Norman on Late Show with David Letterman. Since 2012, he has taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival as the teaching assistant to Sharon Isbin, and has three times been a guest teacher at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul.

    Recent performance highlights include Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the Boca Raton Symphonia under Philippe Entremont; recitals in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Aspen, Portland, and Saint Paul; and a collaborative program with Grammy Award-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, featuring a new commission from Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

    Currently residing in New York City, Mr. Davin is a catalyst for the creation and performance of contemporary music. He has performed with the new-music ensembles Axiom, New Juilliard Ensemble, Mimesis Ensemble, and Contemporaneous. He is also the founder of The Millennials, a contemporary chamber music venture that has promoted new commissions and intriguing programs that feature some of New York's finest young musicians.

    Mr. Davin holds a master's degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Sharon Isbin. His previous studies include a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California with William Kanengiser, and preparatory studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jason Vieaux.

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  • Ron Carter

    Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats, including Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s, he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy, and later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet.

    Mr. Carter was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by The Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by DownBeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993, he earned a Grammy Award with the Miles Davis Tribute Band for Best Jazz Instrumental Group. Five years later, he received another Grammy for "Call Sheet Blues," an instrumental composition from the film 'Round Midnight.

    Mr. Carter earned his bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He has also received two honorary doctorates-one from the New England Conservatory of Music and another from the Manhattan School of Music. He was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Hutchinson Award from the Eastman School at the University of Rochester. Most recently, he was honored by the French Minister of Culture with France's premier cultural award-the medallion and title of Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

    Mr. Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes; instructed jazz ensembles; and taught the business of music at numerous universities. He was artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the music department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Mr. Carter shares his expertise in a series of books he authored, among which are Building Jazz Bass Lines and The Music of Ron Carter, the latter containing 130 of his published and recorded compositions.

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Duke Ellington's 'Heaven'
Jessye Norman, Soprano | Mark Markham, Piano

At a Glance

In this Valentine’s Day salute to the love song, Jessye Norman shows us a different side of her talent by choosing some of the most beloved songs of the Great American Songbook, including classics from Jerome Kern and George Gershwin to Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein. But there’s a French subtext to this romantic evening, too, in three songs in that language by such masters as Francis Poulenc and Erik Satie. In closing, Miss Norman returns to the world of opera, where she has created so many indelible portrayals, and Georges Bizet’s alluring but dangerous gypsy heroine, Carmen.
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This performance is part of Great Artists II.