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The Marian Anderson 75th Anniversary Celebration

Of Thee We Sing

  • When: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7 p.m.
  • Where: DAR Constitution Hall
  • Cost: $5
  • Age limit2: Not available
  • Categories: Concert| Music

Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) leads celebration of Marian Anderson on 75th anniversary of her Lincoln Memorial concert

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM
DAR Constitution Hall

Eight years before Jackie Robinson first ran the bases in Brooklyn, and 24 years before Dr. King pronounced “I Have a Dream,” one remarkable woman stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and sang for an audience of 75,000. That woman was Marian Anderson. On April 12, 2014, Washington Performing Arts Society will celebrate the 75th anniversary of this ground-breaking performance, a landmark moment of the Civil Rights movement, with an all-star concert hosted by the celebrated American soprano Jessye Norman.

Ms. Norman, composer Ysaye Barnwell, opera singer Soloman Howard, and vocalist Annisse Murillo (respectively an alumnus and current member of WPAS’s Children of the Gospel), and an extraordinary 300-voice choir led by WPAS Gospel Choir Artistic Director Stanley Thurston are just some of the talented artists who will join together under the banner of the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) for Of Thee We Sing. This concert event celebrates the life and legacy of one of America’s greatest voices, the iconic contralto and humanitarian Marian Anderson. With guest appearances from a number of artists by arrangement with Centric (a BET Network) and a narrative penned by Tony Award-winning playwright Murray Horwitz, Of Thee We Sing shines a light on an American hero.

Tickets: $5

A limited number of $150 premium tickets are available. Contact WPAS Ticket Services at (202) 785-9727 for more information.

For more info: http://www.WPAS.org