Lakewood Cultural Center
Nnenna Freelon’s Tribute to Lena Horne
Lena: A Lovesome Thing
7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20
Lakewood Cultural Center presents an intimate one-night-only performance with Six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee Nnenna Freelon performing her very personal tribute to Lena Horne in story and song, tracking her trip from the Cotton Club of the ’30s to becoming a legendary film, television, nightclub and recording star. For Freelon, Horne was a crucial and daunting role model, a theme carried throughout this performance as she explores Horne’s quest for self-esteem.
Nnenna Freelon has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer, having performed for such esteemed audiences as 300 presidents, premiers and heads of state at the Asia Pacific Economic Summit at the White House and the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She has teamed with Opera Superstar Jessye Norman and Indie music phenomenon The Roots at The Hollywood Bowl and performed at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival with the Duke Ellington-inspired Dreaming The Duke. At the 43rd annual GRAMMY Awards telecast from Los Angeles, Freelon inspired an enthusiastic standing ovation from 20,000 music-industry insiders and celebrities when she took the stage with Take 6. She has performed for the legendary Julie Andrews at the Society of Singers’ Ella Awards, Variety’s The Children’s Charity, Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, a headline spot for ActionAID, the International AIDS fundraiser with Sir Elton John, and Andrea Bocelli, as well as at the most famous jazz festivals around the globe.
Freelon’s recent TV appearances include PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show,” NBC’s “Weekend Today,” and In Performance at the White House to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
She made her feature film debut in the Mel Gibson hit, “What Women Want,” and sang a remake of Sinatra’s classic “Fly Me to the Moon” for “The Visit,” starring Billy Dee Williams. She has twice been nominated for the “Lady of Soul” Soul Train Award and has performed and toured with Ray Charles, Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau and George Benson, among many others.
Tickets are $35 and are available at 303-987-7845, www.Lakewood.org/Tickets or the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway (Wadsworth and West Alameda Avenue). Ample, free parking.
The 2012-2013 Lakewood Cultural Center Presents season is generously supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), with appreciation to the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Sheraton Denver West and the Denver Post Community, improving and enriching the lives of those in our community.