What is Marian Anderson?

  • (noun): United States contralto noted for her performance of spirituals (1902-1993).
    Synonyms: Anderson

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Music critic Alan Blyth said "Her voice was a rich, vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty." Most of her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital in major music venues and with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965. Although offered roles with many important European opera companies, Anderson declined, as she had no training in acting. She preferred to perform in concert and recital only. She did, however, perform opera arias within her concerts and recitals. She made many recordings that reflected her broad performance repertoire of everything from concert literature to lieder to opera to traditional American songs and spirituals.

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Danbury Museum And Historical Society - Marian Anderson Studio
... The Marian Anderson Studio is the studio which was owned by famed opera singer Marian Anderson, who lived in Danbury for more than fifty years ... It contains, among other exhibits, a piano which is a replica of the piano that Marian Anderson owned ... The Museum offers tours of the Marian Anderson Studio in spring, summer and early fall ...
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission - Lincoln Memorial Rededication Series - April 12, 2009
... Lincoln Memorial Rededication Series, the ALBC and NPS combined efforts to produce the Marian Anderson Tribute and Naturalization Ceremony ... On Easter Sunday 1939, contralto Marian Anderson famously performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution ... Marian Anderson, who was born in 1897, was described as having “a voice heard once in a hundred years.” Yet in 1939, she was denied the right to perform in ...
Marian Anderson Award
... The Marian Anderson Award was originally established in 1943 by Anderson after she was awarded the $10,000 Bok Prize that year by the city of Philadelphia ... Anderson used the award money to establish a singing competition to help support young singers recipients of which include Camilla Williams (1943, 1944 ... In 1998 the prize was restructured with the "Marian Anderson Award" going to an established artist, not necessarily a singer, who exhibits leadership in a humanitarian area ...

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