Anderson, Marian
(1897-1993)
   Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, African American contralto Marian Anderson became a national and international concert and opera singer, beginning with her first performance with the New York Philharmonic in 1925. She first sang in Europe in 1930 and established her reputation touring over the next five years. When the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow her to perform in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., in 1939, Harold Ickes, supported by Eleanor Roosevelt, organized a public performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before an audience of 75,000. Anderson became the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1955. She began her farewell tour in 1965 with a performance at Constitution Hall. Anderson was awarded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Spingarn Medal in 1938 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Lyndon Johnson in 1965. She also received the United Nations Peace Prize in 1972.

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  • Anderson,Marian — Anderson, Marian. 1897 1993. Library of Congress American contralto. Acclaimed for her renditions of spirituals, she was the first African American singer to perform at New York City s Metropolitan Opera (1955). * * * …   Universalium

  • Anderson, Marian — born Feb. 27, 1897, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died April 8, 1993, Portland, Ore. U.S. singer. She was immediately recognized for the beauty of her voice and her artistry at her New York City debut in 1924, but the fact that she was black made a… …   Universalium

  • Anderson, Marian — (27 feb. 1897, Filadelfia, Pa., EE.UU.–8 abr. 1993, Portland, Ore.). Cantante estadounidense. Fue reconocida de inmediato por la belleza de su voz y talento artístico desde que debutó en Nueva York en 1924. Pero el hecho de ser afroamericana le… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Anderson, Marian —  (1897–1993) Celebrated contralto …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Anderson — Anderson, Charles David Anderson, Lindsay Anderson, Philip Warren Anderson, Sherwood ► C. de E.U.A., en el estado de Indiana; 70 787 h (área metropolitana, 138 451 h). * * * (as used in expressions) Anderson, (James) Maxwell Anderson, Elizabeth… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Marian Anderson — A photograph of Anderson by Carl Van Vechten taken in 1940. Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993)[2] was an African American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Music critic Alan Blyth said Her …   Wikipedia

  • Anderson — /an deuhr seuhn/, n. 1. Carl David, 1905 91, U.S. physicist: discoverer of the positron; Nobel prize 1936. 2. Dame Judith, 1898 1992, Australian actress in the U.S. 3. Marian, 1902 93, U.S. contralto. 4. Maxwell, 1888 1959, U.S. dramatist. 5.… …   Universalium

  • Marian Anderson — noun United States contralto noted for her performance of spirituals (1902 1993) • Syn: ↑Anderson • Instance Hypernyms: ↑contralto * * * Marian Anderson [Marian Anderson] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Marian Anderson — 14. Januar 1940 Fotografie von Carl van Vechten, aus der Van Vechten Collection der Library of Congress …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Marian Anderson — Nombre real Marian Anderson Nacimiento 27 de febrero de 1897 …   Wikipedia Español

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