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Norman Fidel

Posted in Friends & Fans, Mary's Journal on May 25th, 2012 by MaryWilson

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, Norman Fidel. My heart goes out to his friends and family.

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Mary Wilson

Press Release: The Humpty Dumpty Institute Welcomes An Additional New Director

Posted in News on May 25th, 2012 by MaryWilson
 

New York— The Humpty Dumpty Institute is privileged to welcome the Venerable Hsin Ting onto its Board of Directors. The Venerable Hsin Ting is a Buddhist monk who serves as the sixth Abbot and Director of the International Buddhist Progress Society. Venerable Hsin Ting is the second highest monastic in his order and is expected to succeed Grand Master Hsing Yun as the head teacher of the Society in the future. He was born into a family of farmers and grew up in Taiwan and took full ordination in 1969. Hsin Ting graduated from the Eastern Buddhist College in Taiwan and the India Research Institute of the Chinese Cultural University. He received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of the West in Rosemead, California in 1998. The Venerable Hsin Ting is an American citizen.

 

The Venerable Hsin Ting is well versed in speaking the Dharma, instruction in Zen meditation, Buddhist chants, the composition of music and lyrics and large-scale construction projects. Venerable Hsin Ting travels around the world overseeing humanitarian projects in South America and Asia, giving Dharma lectures and presiding over Buddhist ceremonies. Mr. William J. Rouhana, Jr., the Chairman of the Humpty Dumpty Institute said that “the inclusion of Venerable Hsin Ting onto HDI’s Board offers the organization an opportunity to gain greater exposure throughout Asia and to continue our work there. The Venerable Hsin Ting will play a critical role in our continuing efforts to help vulnerable communities in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.” Ralph L. Cwerman, HDI’s President, has travelled to HDI projects in Sri Lanka and Laos with Venerable Hsin Ting. Cwerman said that “Venerable Hsin Ting will bring with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will serve to advance and extend interesting and unique partnerships between HDI and many new organizations in Asia. We are very privileged and excited to have him join our efforts”.

Mary at the Kentucky Derby

Posted in Mary's Journal, News on May 14th, 2012 by MaryWilson

Mary attended the Kentucky Derby last weekend with author and friend, Mark Bego.

Mary Wilson starring in James Gavin’s “Stormy Weather” tonight!

Posted in Engagements, News on May 12th, 2012 by MaryWilson

Mary will be starring in James Gavin’s “Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project” tonight at the Smith Center in Las Vegas. Mary was at the NBC Bay Area studio earlier this week to discuss Lena Horne and the show. Watch the video below.

 

Mary Wilson to Judge “Bay Area Teen Idol Vocal Competition”!

Posted in News on May 2nd, 2012 by MaryWilson

Mary Wilson Featured in ‘Lena Horne Project’ at The Smith Center

Posted in News on May 2nd, 2012 by MaryWilson

By Jackie Brett, Las Vegas About the Town Examiner

Las Vegas resident Mary Wilson, who was a Supreme and one of the famous trio’s founders, will be performing in a tribute show aptly named, “Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project,” in the new Cabaret Jazz Club at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, May 11 and 12.

The showbased on James Gavin’s book released in 2009 about Hollywood’s first African-American goddess, Lena Horne, goes from her reign at MGM’s “dream factory,” to a fabled night club seductress, and civil rights icon.

While Wilson was performing in “The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies,”she saw a lady carrying a book about Lena Horne and as chance would have it found out the author was at a book signing in town. She went and met James Gavin and told him the story about how she met Horne and stayed friends.

It was in 1967 or ’68 when Horne was closing at the Talk of the Town in London and the Supremes were opening the next night. The ladies had Barry Gordy get them in to see the show and they stayed backstage in Horne’s dressing room for over an hour. “It was one of the best moments in my life meeting someone famous,” Wilson said and added, “We remained friends. Whenever I saw her, she’d run over to me.”

Talking with Gavin, Wilson learned that he wanted to bring the play created from his book to some bigger stages with a jazz singer. Wilson liked the project and got involved. They opened in Los Angeles at the Musicians Institute to work out the kinks and went on to work small venues in Middle America.  Now they are taking it another step up at The Smith Center in Las Vegas.

Wilson describes the show as having the spoken word presented by narrator Gavin, being a concert with her singing the songs, and featuring multi-media with film clips showing Horne’s amazing life. Wilson changes cloths and styles her hair all to create the mood of the ‘30s period but not to imitate. Three musicians add to the realism.

Many will be surprised to learn that this Supreme grew up listening to jazz. “It’s probably my first love.  It’s not a stretch, its closer to me musically,” confesses the Motown queen.

A sample of the songs on the program include: “Stormy Weather” by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler; “Why Was I Born?” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II; “A Lady Must Live” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart; “Honeysuckle Rose” by Fats Waller and Andy Razaf, and many more.

Three performances are set for May 11 at 8:30 p.m. and May 12 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $45, call 702-749-2000 or visit www.TheSmithCenter.Com.

Update: Schedule

Posted in Engagements, News on May 2nd, 2012 by MaryWilson

The schedule has been updated with four new concert dates for James Gavin’s Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project starring Mary Wilson. The shows are scheduled for November 2012.

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