November 12, 2015 |
The Kimmel Center was aglow for the Marian Anderson awards on Tuesday evening with stars including honoree Wynton Marsalis, TV journalist Soledad O'Brien as master of ceremonies, gospel singer Kim Burrell, and Grammy-winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway. Attendees donned regal dresses and dapper suits to honor historic contralto Anderson and jazz legend Marsalis. Philadelphia-born Marian Anderson established an award in her name in 1943, originally intended to help promising young singers.
November 12, 2015
The Marian Anderson Awards program is a glitzy affair that each year honors A-list celebrities while raising money for young artists. Each year as the prize money is handed over - this year to jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis - the question inevitably pops up: Why do the Marian Anderson Awards not fund the struggling house museum in South Philadelphia where the famed contralto once lived ? I mean, why not? Both the awards and the Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum were created to keep the legacy of the famed contralto alive.
June 18, 2015 |
IT WASN'T quite "Waiting for Godot," but it did resemble the waiting game that Russian President Vladimir Putin played on Pope Francis last week in the Vatican. Like the Russian leader, who made the pontiff wait for more than an hour on Wednesday, Fran Drescher kept Mayor Nutter waiting for more than an hour during Gay Pride this past weekend. On Sunday, at the 27th annual Pride Day LGBT parade, Drescher was scheduled to join the mayor and Gayborhood celebrity and parade emcee Henri David on stage at Penn's Landing.
June 17, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Wynton Marsalis, the jazz and classical musician, composer, and arts advocate, is the recipient of the 2015 Marian Anderson Award. Marsalis, winner of a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and honored with the National Medal of Arts, joins other recipients of the medal, including Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy Jr., and 2014 winner Jon Bon Jovi. He will accept the award at a gala concert Nov. 10 at the Kimmel Center.
November 20, 2014 |
Hundreds feted New Jersey-born rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi at a Kimmel Center gala Tuesday night, where he accepted the Marian Anderson Award for his music and charity work. The award is given to entertainers who have "contributed to our society in a singular manner," event organizers said. They highlighted Bon Jovi's music and commitment to charity, including his work with programs in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Bon Jovi took the stage to a standing ovation about 10:30.
November 16, 2014 |
Jon Bon Jovi wrote " Runaway," the song that launched his rock-star career, in 1980 as he rode a bus in Manhattan past homeless young runaways near Covenant House, the national organization that aids unmoored youth. "It could have been me," Bon Jovi told an audience at a fund-raiser for Covenant House Pennsylvania more than 30 years later. "But something else saved me. It was that song. " A staple of radio and the concert stage for decades, Bon Jovi, 52, is also a philanthropist who will be the 2014 recipient of Philadelphia's Marian Anderson Award at the Kimmel Center on Tuesday.
July 27, 2014
A story Thursday on the Marian Anderson Award misstated the annual prize amount, $50,000, and the location of JBJ Soul Homes, which is at 15th Street and Fairmount Avenue. A caption with a photograph implied that Jon Bon Jovi had headed or directed Project HOME. He has worked closely with it through the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.
July 25, 2014 |
Jon Bon Jovi, the rock-and-roller as well known for his public works as for his music, was announced Wednesday as the 2014 recipient of Philadelphia's Marian Anderson Award. Bon Jovi, 52, of Middletown, N.J., joins such august company as Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Maya Angelou, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, and last year's winner, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. The latest choice has an especially strong local focus. As Nina Tinari, board chair of the award, said Wednesday in a statement, "This marks the first time that we have looked at generosity to the city and region as part of our search.
March 25, 2014 |
R ICHARD GERE went method after filming "Franny" in Philadelphia last year. In "Franny," Gere plays a philanthropist and addict who embeds himself in the lives of a young couple, played by Dakota Fanning and Theo James (who just hit box-office gold this weekend as Four, the male lead in "Divergent"). I hear that Gere donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Livengrin Foundation, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers servicing the tristate area.