November 18, 2013 |
'My dream was to make some music and get some girls," says Berry Gordy Jr. "My bar was low. As I went on, new doors kept opening. I exceeded my wildest dreams. " He pauses for a moment. It's been a very good year for the founder of Motown Records, who will be 84 on Nov. 28. Since his jukebox autobiography's debut on Broadway in April, Motown The Musical has made $45 million. In June, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honored him with its pioneer award. Earlier this month, he received Ebony magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award.
June 5, 2012
THE MOST RECENT recipients of the Marian Anderson Award are actress Mia Farrow in 2011, actor and comedian Bill Cosby in 2010, author Maya Angelou and screenwriter Norman Lear in 2008, actor Richard Gere in 2007 and actor Sidney Poitier in 2006. No award was given in 2009. n
December 9, 1997
Next summer, Philadelphia will announce the first Marian Anderson Award, a $100,000 cash prize presented to a renowned arts figure who also works to better society. And arts events will be part of the festivities. Bravo. Think of it: An annual honor for an internationally renowned arts figure with a social conscience - set off by events showcasing outstanding performers and artists, all in our own backyard. It's a great opportunity for regional arts and cultural organizations to remain in the spotlight - especially because summer's a time when many venues have gone dark for the season.
November 20, 2013 |
When he plays with his youth orchestra in front of more than 300 people, 13-year-old Max Chambers of Berwyn isn't nervous. He's done this a lot, he says, looking every bit the professional despite his age, in a white button-down and black dress pants. Max sits in the first chair of the second violin section of the Musicopia String Orchestra, which played on Sunday at the Benjamin Britten Festival Concert at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Since he was 9, Max has known that he wants to spend his life playing the violin.
June 5, 2013 |
Berry Gordy, the 83-year-old founder of Motown Records, the Detroit label that became a hit-making factory and produced such stars as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Michael Jackson, is the recipient of the 2013 Marian Anderson Award, Mayor Nutter announced Monday. The award, given to "artists and individuals whose body of work has improved the world beyond the power to entertain," is named for the late African American contralto and South Philadelphia High graduate who was celebrated as a singer of both classical music and spirituals in her lifetime.
July 1, 2000 |
When the first Marian Anderson Award was given out three years ago, the recipient was Harry Belafonte. Clearly a fine choice. Singer, longtime civil rights activist and famous Hollywood actor. The next year, the award went to Gregory Peck. Nice guy. Quietly supported liberal causes. Star of To Kill A Mockingbird. And famous Hollywood actor. This year"s recipient will be Elizabeth Taylor. Legendary beauty. Raises both awareness and millions of dollars to fight the scourge of AIDS.
January 15, 2011 |
Mia Farrow, the actress and humanitarian whose persistent advocacy of human rights in sub-Saharan Africa has earned her international recognition, will receive the Marian Anderson Award in May, Mayor Nutter announced Friday. The prize is named for the Philadelphia-born contralto who used her celebrity to effect social change. Since 1998, it has been given to entertainer/activists such as Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier, and Gregory Peck. When Anderson (1897-1993), the celebrated African American singer, met with racial intolerance, she gracefully fought for social justice.
July 25, 2014 |
HE'S NOT living on a prayer now. Jon Bon Jovi, front man for the Grammy-winning band Bon Jovi, will be presented the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, Mayor Nutter announced yesterday. Standing in front of an excited crowd at the Sofitel Hotel, at 17th and Sansom streets, Nutter said the award's board of directors had chosen Bon Jovi "for his efforts to end homelessness and combat poverty. " The award, created in 1998, is given annually to a critically acclaimed artist who has impacted society in a positive way. This year's award will be presented Nov. 18 at the Kimmel Center.