Renee Fleming to Host Kennedy Center's AMERICAN VOICES, Feat. Sutton Foster, Norm Lewis and More, 11/22-24
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents American Voices hosted by Renée Fleming, a groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions, and symposia celebrating the rich diversity of American singing, November 22-24, 2013. Curated and hosted by world-renowned American singer Renée Fleming, American Voices will bring together some of the biggest names in vocal music for a genre-spanning, landmark concert with the National Symphony Orchestra.
"Everywhere in our country's popular culture-from Glee and 106 & Park to American Idol, The Voice, and Nashville, at sporting events and national ceremonies-the art of singing is suddenly center stage. This festival will explore, across a range of genres, the artistry, business, technology, pedagogy, and community of American singing," said Ms. Fleming. "The idea of bringing a broad spectrum of singers together with some of most powerful music industry leaders is a dream come true for me. The Kennedy Center is uniquely poised to mount this comprehensive festival."
The three-day American Voices festival includes three expert-led symposia on vocal health, the challenges of the music business, and current trends in vocal training; six master sessions covering a wide variety of vocal styles; a star-studded concert with the National Symphony Orchestra; and free Millennium Stage performances.
Throughout the weekend, three sessions programmed by Ms. Fleming on "Care of the Professional Voice," "Trends in the Business and Technology of Popular Music," and "Voice Training in the 21st Century" will be presented in the Kennedy Center Atrium. These forums are intended both for music professionals-including singers, vocal coaches, teachers, agents, producers, and doctors who treat singers-and for all fans of great singing.
Panelists for the symposia include speech-language pathologist and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Linda Carroll; Mike Dungan, Chairman and CEO of Universal Nashville; Kristen Foster, head of the music division at public relations firm PMK*BNC; voice teacher Joan Lader; Peter Mensch, manager of Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Muse; vocal coach William Riley; director of USC's popular music program , blues guitarist, and producer Chris Sampson; Don Was, producer, musician, and President of Blue Note Records; otolaryngologist and preeminent laryngeal surgeon Dr. Steven Zeitels; and others.
Addressing the journey and challenges of fledgling artists are six master sessions led by iconic singers: Eric Owens in classical, Dianne Reeves in jazz, Alison Krauss with Dr. Thomas Cleveland in country, Ben Folds in pop, Sutton Foster in musical theater, and Kim Burrell in gospel. At each session in the Terrace Theater, the master teacher will work with young singers selected from the Kennedy Center's education and professional development programs, the National YoungArts Foundation, and from around the country.
Each master session continues with a panel discussion featuring leading industry professionals and distinguished experts in the genre, and concludes with an open audience Q&A.
AMERICAN VOICES CONCERT:
At the star-studded American Voices Concert on Saturday, November 23 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Ms. Fleming will be joined by artists including Sara Bareilles, Kim Burrell, Kurt Elling, Ben Folds, Sutton Foster, Josh Groban, Alison Krauss, Norm Lewis, Eric Owens, and Dianne Reeves. The genre-spanning evening of vocal fireworks will feature the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke.