Wishing a very happy seventieth birthday to Jessye Norman!

A frequent visitor to Chicago—on concert, recital, and opera stages—Norman has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as vocal soloist and narrator on many occasions, both at Orchestra Hall and the Ravinia Festival.

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Image above: Sir Georg Solti, Norman, Reinhild Runkel, Robert Schunk, Hans Sotin, Margaret Hillis, and the Orchestra and Chorus receiving bows following Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Orchestra Hall on Sept. 24, 1986