January 26, 2008 |
It's not true what they say about first impressions - when you see the opening of Welcome Home, Marian Anderson, with an actress talking at you about a key moment in her life, it seems like another formulaic one-woman show. But Welcome Home quickly reveals itself: It's a story told by three actors in deft portrayals, and anything but formulaic. The show, which opened Thursday at Bristol Riverside Theatre, is a well-stitched account of the singer from South Philadelphia and her rise to acclaim.
April 18, 2002 |
The groundbreaking African American singer Marian Anderson was born and raised in Philadelphia, so it is fitting that the city's Arden Theatre Company should present a show about her. My Lord, What a Morning, by Kim Hines, did not originate locally, though. It was commissioned and premiered by the Kennedy Center in Washington, which also is appropriate. For it was an event there - her famous 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial, a landmark event in the civil rights movement - for which Anderson will be forever remembered.
January 7, 2005 |
When members of Marian Anderson's Union Baptist Church in South Philadelphia held a benefit concert to help pay for her private singing lessons, the advertisements included her photograph and the caption, "Come and hear the baby contralto, 10 years old. " Who in the audience would imagine that, later in her career, Anderson (1897-1993) would add "soprano" and "baritone" to her repertoire and become among the greatest classically trained contraltos of the 20th century? Anderson, who will be honored with a 37-cent commemorative stamp Jan. 27 in the Black Heritage Series, was born in South Philadelphia.
December 10, 2004 |
More than 100 stamps - on subjects ranging from modern architecture, the Muppets and the civil-rights movement to Marian Anderson, Henry Fonda and Arthur Ashe - are included in the preliminary 2005 program, the U.S. Postal Service has announced. All of the commemoratives are 37 cents, though the Postal Service may add some definitives during the year. Not all precise dates or first-day-of-issue cities have been determined. The tentative schedule: January: opera contralto Marian Anderson, in the black heritage series, in Philadelphia.
April 9, 1993 |
Marian Anderson, the South Philadelphia singer whose dramatic 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial was a milestone in the American civil rights movement, died yesterday in Portland, Ore. Her death came a day before the 54th anniversary of that historic concert. Published references gave her birthdate as 1902, making her 91 at the time of her death. Miss Anderson had suffered a stroke last month at the Portland home of her nephew, James DePreist, music director of the Oregon Symphony.
February 28, 1997 |
Isaac Stern said The Lady From Philadelphia should be "celebrated - not commemorated. " And celebrated Marian Anderson was, in song and glorious singing, last night at Carnegie Hall. Her own voice poured forth in the spiritual "Deep River," a 1928 recording that opened the eloquent program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the late contralto's birth. The velvety sonorities rolled as the young Anderson's profile was projected within the gilt moldings of the Carnegie's stage wall.
November 22, 1990 |
A new sickle-cell anemia treatment-and-research center, named for South Philadelphia operatic great Marian Anderson, will be dedicated on Jan. 20 at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. The singer's nephew, James De Preist, in town to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra, said his aunt had lent her name to the unit because of "the humanitarian status of the project, because she feels the center will be helpful to a lot of people, and because she hopes that her name may be catalytic in gaining support for it. " De Preist, a Central High grad, is spending Thanksgiving with Anderson at her Danbury, Conn.
January 24, 1991 |
When I was a boy growing up in South Philadelphia my heroes, for the most part, were athletes like Joe Louis and Jackie Robinson. But high on my list was a woman who grew up in South Philadelphia in a rowhouse on a street a short walk from where I grew up. She was not an athlete but a superb musician, a diva whose singing career was nurtured in a black Baptist church choir. Her contralto voice was so pure and rich that it inspired great prose and acclaim from world renowned critics and classical music lovers.
April 7, 2009 |
ON EASTER SUNDAY, April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson stepped up to a battery of microphones in front of Washington, D.C.'s, Lincoln Memorial, sang "America," and altered American history. Wearing a mink coat and an orange-and-yellow scarf on that chilly afternoon, she changed the final phrase from "Of thee I sing" to "TO thee WE sing. " This modest African-American contralto had taken the train from her South Philadelphia rowhouse that day with her mother and sisters. Forbidden to stay at any Washington hotel due to segregation, they'd been promised lodging with former Pennsylvania Gov. Gifford Pinchot.
June 7, 1993 |
In the end, it was the voice of Marian Anderson that moved the crowd most profoundly yesterday at a memorial service for the world-famous singer at Union Baptist Church in South Philadelphia. More than 200 people went to the religious service remembering Anderson, who was born and raised here and died April 8 at the age of 96. Many spoke passionately - including her nephew, conductor James Anderson DePreist - but none carried the power of 10 recorded hymns in Anderson's own voice.