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Marian Anderson is remembered as one of the best American contraltos (women with lower singing voices) of all time She was the first African American singer to perform at the White House and the first African American to sing with New York''s Metropolitan Opera Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 27, 1897 She was educated in the public schools She displayed a remarkable skill for singing when she was very young, and she loved singing for her church choir When she could not afford singing lessons, her fellow choir members raised the money that allowed her to study with a famous singing teacher When Anderson was twenty-three years old, she entered a competition and won first place over three hundred other singers The prize was the opportunity to sing with the New York Philharmonic orchestra Further sponsorships enabled her to continue her studies in both the United States and in Europe Following Anderson''s debuts (first performances on stage in a particular city) in Berlin, Germany, in 1930 and London, England, in 1932, she performed in Scandinavia (northern Europe), South America, and the Soviet Union.

In Salzburg, Austria, she gave a sensational performance The famous conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867–1957) was in the audience After hearing her sing, Toscanini said she had "a voice heard but once in a century" At the end of Anderson''s European tour, she was signed to a contract for fifteen concerts in the United States On December 30, 1935, she opened her American tour at New York''s Town Hall She performed pieces by European classical composers as well as several African American spirituals (traditional religious songs) The performance was a great success Critics welcomed her as a "new high priestess of song" In the words of a writer for the New York Times, the concert established her as "one of the great singers of our time" Over the next several years Anderson sang for U.

S president Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945) at the White House and for Great Britain''s King George VI (1895–1952) during his 1939 visit to the United States She made several cross-country tours and soon was booking engagements (scheduling jobs) two years in advance In one year she traveled twenty-six thousand miles It was the longest tour in concert history She gave seventy concerts in five months After World War II (1939–45; a war fought between Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States against Germany, Italy, and Japan) ended, she performed in major European cities again By 1950 it was estimated that she had performed before nearly four million listeners Anderson was a pioneer in winning recognition at home and abroad for African American artists In 1939 an incident involving the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) helped focus public attention on racism.

The DAR denied Anderson use of their Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, for an April concert First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR in protest and had the US government allow Anderson to perform at the Lincoln Memorial Her concert there, on Easter morning, drew a live audience of seventy-five thousand, and millions more heard it over the radio In 1948 Anderson underwent a dangerous throat operation for a growth that threatened to damage her voice For two months she was not permitted to use her voice She was not sure if she would ever be able to sing again.

When she was finally allowed to rehearse, her voice returned free of damage Following her recovery, Anderson made her first post–World War II tour of Europe, including stops in Scandinavia, Paris (France), London (England), Antwerp (Belgium), Zurich (Switzerland), and Geneva (Switzerland) In 1955, and again in 1956, Anderson sang in an opera at New York''s Metropolitan Opera House This was the first time an African American had sung with the Metropolitan since it opened in 1883 Over the years Anderson continued to add to her accomplishments She sang at the presidential inaugurations of Dwight D Eisenhower (1890–1969) and John F Kennedy (1917–1963) In 1957 Anderson made a concert tour of India and the Far East for the US.

State Department In 1958 President Eisenhower appointed her a delegate (representative) to the Thirteenth General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) She was awarded the UN Peace Prize in 1977 Anderson gave her farewell concert (last public performance) at Carnegie Hall in New York on Easter Sunday in 1965 She died on April 8, 1993, in Portland, Oregon A New York Times music critic wrote about Anderson this way: "Those who remember her at her height … can never forget that big resonant voice, with those low notes almost visceral [having to do with basic emotions] in nature, and with that easy, unforced ascent to the top register A natural voice, a hauntingly colorful one, it was one of the vocal phenomena [rare event] of its time".



 
Marian Anderson Sings at Lincoln Memorial
Marian Anderson, contralto, was denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall by the DAR because of her color. Instead, and at the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt ...
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Marian Anderson Ave Maria by Schubert
With Leopold Stokowski, 1944.
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Marian Anderson - Deep River (Spiritual)
Marian Anderson, "Deep River" (Spiritual)
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Marian Anderson
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Marian Anderson Sings at the Lincoln Memorial Newreel Story
Marian Anderson's Easter Sunday Lincoln Memorial concert on April 9, 1939 from the UCLA Film & Television Archive's "Hearst Metrotone News Collection."
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Marian Anderson Biography
Born in Philadelphia, Marian Anderson was an American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century.
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Marian Anderson Album
0:00 Siroe: Ch'Io Mai Vi Possa 2:44 Bach: Komm. Susser Tod 5:58 "Dettingen" Te Deum: Vouchsafe, O Lord 8:51 Handel: "Messiah": He Was Despised 13:36 ...
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Marian Anderson - Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
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Marian Anderson - Ave Maria
Born February 27, 1897, in Philadelphia, Marian Anderson displayed vocal talent as a child, but her family could not afford to pay for formal training. Members of ...
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Marian Anderson Plaisir damour by Martini
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Marian Anderson Sings the Star Spangled Banner 1942, Lincoln Memorial 1939
1942: the Booker T. Washington is launched, crowd, Miss Anderson launches ship, crowd, ship into water, Miss Anderson sings The Star Spangled Banner.
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Marian Anderson Mon coeur souvre a ta voix Samson et Dalila
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Marian Anderson - Carry me back to old Virginny
On Victor 18314-A.
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Marian Anderson My Lord What a Morning
Spiritual.
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Marian Anderson Coming Through The Rye, 1944
"К кинематографу он вообще относился серьезно и даже сам собирался кое-что сделать в этой области — создать...
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Marian Anderson- Erbarme dich, mein Gott (Bach)
Famous American contralto Marian Anderson sings "Erbarme dich, mein Gott", from Bach's Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244). "Erbarme dich, mein Gott, um meiner ...
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Whats My Line? - Marian Anderson; PANEL: Abe Burrows; Anita Gillette (Apr 18, 1965) [CORRECTED!]
NOTE: This video corrects several out of sequence edits in the original film due to the assembly of the "WML at 25" special. After cutting out some footage from ...
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Marian Anderson They crucified my Lord
Marian Anderson sings the spiritual "They crucified my Lord" They crucified my Lord, And He never said a mumbalin' word; They crucified my Lord, Refrain And ...
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Marian Anderson sings O Holy Night
Adolphe Adam's Cantique de noël/O Holy Night, sung by Marian Anderson (1897-1993) with Franz Rupp (1901-1992) at the piano. Recorded in 1951.
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Echoes from Marian Andersons defiant performance
Marian Anderson, the legendary African-American contralto, sang at the Lincoln Memorial exactly 75 years ago after she was refused a performance at ...
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