Chicks, Rimes Will Open Olympics

The Dixie Chicks, LeAnn Rimes, Rita Coolidge and The Deseret String Band/Bunkhouse Orchestra will take part in opening ceremonies Feb. 8 for 2002 Olympic Winter Games. “We’re looking for artists that have agreed to put themselves in the Olympic context and perform music that helps us in terms of what we’re doing on the field,” says executive producer Don Mischer. “We are very careful in how artists weave into the show.” Theme for the ceremonies will be “Light the Fire Within.” Also scheduled to participate in the extravaganza at Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City are Robbie Robertson, Sting, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Utah Symphony and the choristers of the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Coolidge will perform with her Native American ensemble, Walela. NBC will broadcast the ceremony. 01/22/02