The closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games will explode with music, as ‘N Sync, Bon Jovi, and Christina Aguilera are among those who have signed on to perform at the Feb. 24 event. To be held at the Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, the extravagant affair will also feature Charlotte Church and Josh Groban, who plan to sing a duet, and Harry Connick Jr., who will be accompanied by acclaimed dancer Savion Glover.
The musicians won’t be alone in entertaining a projected worldwide audience of 3.5 billion viewers. A cast of 4,000 — ranging from 6- to 91-years-old — will be on hand for the conclusion of the winter games, which will also feature talents of skaters Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Oksana Kazakova, Artur Dmitriev, Ilia Kulik, Renee Roca, and Gorsha Sur. Additional performers will be announced in the coming months.
Don Mischer, executive producer of the Opening and Closing ceremonies, said the Winter Olympics will take on a special importance because it will mark the first time that nations have come together since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “We’re finding that a lot of performers understand that and would now like to be a part of the ceremonies,” he said. “The mood has changed. It’s almost as if the Olympics are more important now than they ever could have been.”
Performers who agree to be a part of the festivities are not allowed to sing their latest hit songs and are not paid, Mischer said.
Bleacher seating for the opening and closing ceremonies, set at $320 per ticket, goes on sale today (Nov. 7) exclusively through Smith’sTix (800-888-TIXX or smithstix.com) stores. Remaining tickets will go on sale next Monday through 800-Tickets and Saltlake2002.com. Tickets for prime seats, which have a face value of $885 each, are currently on sale through these outlets.