Marian Anderson (1897-1993) was a pioneering opera singer, the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera as regular company member in 1955. In February of 2008 her life will be commemorated in Philadelphia.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The Marian Anderson Historical Society invites you to celebrate the 111th Birthday Celebration of Marian Anderson
1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Marian Anderson Residence Museum
762 South Marian Anderson Way (Martin Street)
between 19th & 20th, Fitzwater & Catharine Streets
Marian Anderson Scholar-Artists
Tracie Luck, Mezzo
Lis Stevens, soprano
Ronald Campbell, Baritone
UNION BAPTIST CHURCH
1910 Fitzwater St. (across the street from the Marian Anderson residence)
Marian Anderson's residence was designated a historic site in 2004 by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The property was purchased by Miss Anderson in 1924.
Blanche Burton Lyles, Founder of the Marian Anderson Historical Society, describes the birthday celebration: "The home of Marian Anderson will be filled with festive activities featuring a Mardi Gras glare, with music from Marian Anderson's repertoire and performances by Marian Anderson Scholar-Artists, welcome greetings from special guests including City and State officials, libations and more. We invite students and the community to learn more about Philadelphia's "treasure" and the Marian Anderson Heritage Village."
For more information, contact Blanche Burton Lyles or Phyllis Sims
Marian Anderson Historical Society
762 S. Marian Anderson Way
Philadelphia PA 19146-1822
"charting the course of education thru music"