Washington Performing Arts Caps Inaugural Weekend By Honoring Denyce Graves


Washington Performing Arts’ Sunday brunch at the Top of the Hay at the Hay-Adams Hotel honored mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves with the Ambassador of the Arts Award. The event also celebrated democracy and diplomacy through the arts and the organization’s 50-year relationship with the Washington diplomatic community.

Board chair Reginald Van Lee spoke of the Embassy Adoption program, which has brought an awareness of the arts to more than 100,000 D.C. public school children. Washington Performing Arts President and CEO Jenny Bilfield introduced the honoree, who thanked opera enthusiast Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her personal courtesies.

Bass Soloman Howard paid a vocal tribute and the Children of the Gospel Choir enchanted with their performance.

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