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Ask Your Mama!, Part of Carnegie Hall’s Honor! Festival, Features Soprano Jessye Norman and Hip-Hop Group The Roots Carnegie H


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Ask Your Mama!, Part of Carnegie Hall’s Honor! Festival, Features
Soprano Jessye Norman and Hip-Hop Group The Roots

(NEW YORK, NY)—Carnegie Hall today announced that vocalists de’Adre Aziza and Tracie Luck will replace Lizz Wright in the performance of Ask Your Mama! in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage on Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. Ask Your Mama!, a concert work by composer Laura Karpman based on the poem by Langston Hughes, is part of the three-week festival, Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy curated by soprano Jessye Norman. Ms. Wright is unable to appear due to scheduling conflicts. Ms. Aziza and Ms. Luck, who were already scheduled to perform in the program, will assume Ms. Wright’s parts. All other performers remain the same, including soprano Jessye Norman, hip-hop group The Roots, conductor George Manahan, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. The multimedia production will be directed by Annie Dorsen (Passing Strange) with artist Rico Gatson providing visuals, video designer Kate Howard, scenic consultant David Korins, and sound designer Leslie Ann Jones.

de’Adre Aziza’s Broadway debut in Passing Strange not only garnered her critical acclaim, but also earned her a 2008 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In the show, Ms. Aziza portrayed three incredibly diverse characters: a 14-year-old sassy school girl, a Dutch sexual revolutionary, and a fanatical German filmmaker. In 2008, The New York Times called her work in Passing Strange and the off-Broadway musical Doris To Darlene “radiant,” and that her, “megawatt smile, silky singing voice and dazzling beauty make it entirely plausible that she would be singled out for potential stardom.” Ms.Aziza’s journey began at 15 when she was accepted into a summer acting program for high school students at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. She applied and was accepted into New York University at the age of 16, and while there, studied at both the Lee Strasberg Institute and the Playwrights Horizon Theatre School with a focus on Classical Works. Ms. Aziza’s involvement with Passing Strange began with a workshop at Stanford University in early 2006, and she has been involved in all incarnations of the piece since. The film version, directed by Spike Lee, made its debut recently at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Ms. Aziza was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Tracie Luck made her New York City Opera debut in 2007 in the title role of Margaret Garner by composer Richard Danielpour with a libretto by Toni Morrison. She has subsequently performed the role in 2008 at Michigan Opera Theatre and in January 2009 in Chicago. Ms. Luck also recently made her Utah Opera debut in Marc Blitzstein's Regina, as Addie, a role for which she also made her Canadian debut in 2008. She has appeared as Maddalena in Rigoletto with Cincinnati Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre; Flora in La Traviata, Virginelle in La Périchole, and both Annie and Lily in Porgy and Bess with the Opera Company of Philadelphia; Fricka and Grimgerde in Die Walküre and a number of roles in Rigoletto with Virginia Opera. Ms. Luck holds a bachelor of music degree from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and earned an Artist Diploma from The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia.

Program Information
Monday, March 16, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy Curated by Jessye Norman
Jessye Norman, Soprano
de’Adre Aziza, Vocalist
Tracie Luck, Vocalist
The Roots
Orchestra of St. Luke's
George Manahan, Conductor
Annie Dorsen, Director
Rico Gatson, Artist

LAURA KARPMAN Ask Your Mama! (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

Ask Your Mama!, a collaboration between four-time Emmy Award–winning composer Laura Karpman and five-time Grammy winner Jessye Norman, is a multimedia presentation on a text by Langston Hughes, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.

Major funding for Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy has been provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Alice Tully Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation's New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, and the A. L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.

The opening performance of Honor! is sponsored by Bank of America.

Honor! is made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

Ticket Information
Tickets, priced at $23, $27, $35, $48, $62, and $68, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website,

In addition, for all Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of partial-view seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

A limited number of student discount tickets and senior citizen rush tickets, priced at $10, may also be available at the Box Office for some Carnegie Hall events. Please call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or, for students, visit for availability. For information on Club 57th &7th, Carnegie Hall’s discount ticket program for those 40 and under, please visit

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