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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 by Dionne Warwick, 3WB (Marvin, Carvin, and BeBe Winans), Candice Glover, Wolf Blitzer, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and more 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.)
CALLING ALL STUDENT ARTISTS!Youth art contest: What can we learn from Marian Anderson about facing obstacles with grace and resolve? We invite you to submit an original work of visual art that responds to, reflects, or is inspired by Marian Anderson’s achievements as an artist, leader, and civil rights pioneer. Your artwork could be exhibited at Of Thee We Sing at DAR Constitution Hall on April 12, 2014!
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FUNDERS & SUPPORTERS Fluor Corporation Airlines for AmericaAmerican Red CrossCentric (A BET Network) Clear ChannelDaimler Daughters of the American Revolution & DAR Constitution HallDCN - District of Columbia NetworkEdison Electric InstituteEventsDCHoward University Television (WHUT)Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, IncorporatedNational Association of BroadcastersNational Endowment for the ArtsPfizerTime WarnerUnited Therapeutics CorporationVan Auken Family Private Foundation, Honoring global efforts to advance awareness & early detection of Lung Cancer
Program Partners National Park Service The Board of Directors & Women’s Committee of WPAS National Park Foundation Centric (A BET Network) Family of Marian Anderson
Affiliate PartnersMarian Anderson Historical SocietyNational Museum of African American History and CultureMedia SponsorsThe Washington Post (Lead Media Sponsor)The Washington Afro AmericanThe Washington Informer