Of Thee We Sing Marian Anderson


Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS)




Marian Anderson 75th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, April 12 at 7pm | DAR Constitution Hall

On April 12, WPAS will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson's ground-breaking performance at the Lincoln Memorial, a landmark moment of the Civil Rights movement, with an all-star concert hosted by the celebrated American soprano Jessye 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 unite 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.

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