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'Voice Of Freedom' Shows How Marian Anderson Confronted Racism Though Song

MARIAN ANDERSON: (Singing in German). LLOYD SCHWARTZ, BYLINE: What I heard today, the great conductor Arturo Toscanini said the first time he heard American contralto Marian Anderson, one is privileged to hear once in a hundred years. And so Anderson came to be called the voice of the century. It's not an overstatement. Just hearing that rich, three-dimensional sound, both high and deep, is profoundly moving. But whether in Bach or Schubert, opera or spirituals, that voice also communicated the most heartbreaking and heart-easing feelings. Her exceptional qualities were more widely recognized in Europe, where, for the most part, her race was not a barrier. In the United States, she had to wait until she was nearly 58 years old before she finally sang her first opera. It was a landmark debut. Her role was the chilling fortune teller in Verdi's "A Masked Ball," a part previously sung only by white singers in dark makeup.
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New Exhibit at the Blue Earth County Historical Society Features Marian Anderson

The Blue Earth County Historical Society is excited to announce its next temporary exhibit, Marian Anderson: Her Personal Collection. This exhibit will showcase many of her never-before-seen originals. The exhibit will also document Marian’s life and share some of her personal effects she used while painting. This exhibit opens to the public on Tuesday, March 16 at 10 a.m.
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Black History Moment: Remembering Marian Anderson

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Jammin’ 105.7 and DJ Thump take today to honor the life and legacy of Marian Anderson!. She stunned the world with her amazing contralto singing voice. Although many...
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Celebrating Black love, John Coltrane and Marian Anderson in this week’s ‘Things to Do’

As Black History Month comes to a close, events around the region celebrate the accomplishments of extraordinary African-Americans. The legendary John Coltrane revolutionized jazz music with his innovative style of play. Though he died of liver cancer at just 40 years old, Coltrane’s legacy as one of the most prolific and influential artists of all time endures. The Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project will pay homage to him in a free talk with musician/educator Lewis Porter, who authored two books on Coltrane and documentarian/historian Steve Rowland, producer of the audio doc “Tell Me How Long The Trane’s Been Gone.” Jazz Legacy project director Suzanne Cloud will host.

Marian Anderson: The Voice of the Century

Audio version of this story here. Lois Reitzes speaks with Andrea Lentz-Smith and Alisha Lola Jones, two professors featured prominently in the new PBS documentary “Voice of Freedom” about the illustrious singer, Marian Anderson. The film from “American Experience” airs on ATL PBA on Sunday at 9 pm. Also, The...
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New documentary to air on Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson’s beautiful and powerful voice is still echoing in current events. Although the great South Philadelphia opera singer and civil rights icon passed away more than 25 years ago, Anderson is still in the spotlight, most recently as the subject of a new documentary that will air on PBS/WHYY on Feb. 15.
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Marian Anderson: Voice of Freedom

Up first on the show, we’ll get a recap of what happened at yesterday’s Senate impeachment trial of former President Trump with JACQUALINE THOMSEN of The National Law Journal. Then, over 80 years ago, Marian Anderson was barred from performing at Constitution Hall because she was Black. So she sang for thousands in front of the Lincoln Memorial instead. On Wednesday, we remember the life and legacy of Philadelphia-born Marian Anderson with soprano opera singer ANGELA BROWN and ADRIANE LENTZ-SMITH, professor of history and African & African American studies at Duke University. A new documentary about her life, Voice of Freedom, premieres on WHYY TV on February 15th at 9pm.


One of the most melodic, pleasing, sweet-sounding contralto voices was that of Marian Anderson. She was born in Philadelphia, on Feb. 27, 1902. Singing was her passion. She had nearly a three-octave voice that ranged from low D to high C. She sang a wide range of musical genres, from operas, to spirituals to jazz. Singing was her joy. In the 1900s, she became the nation’s most celebrated singer and also broke several racial barriers.

, New Documentary About Singer Marian Anderson

The life of singer Marian Anderson, who became a Civil Rights icon, is explored in Voice of Freedom, a new documentary from American Experience that will premiere February 15 at 9 PM ET on PBS. Watch the trailer above. Narrated by Hamilton Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, the film interweaves...

The Music of Marian Anderson

When Marian Anderson descended the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, 1939 for her career-defining performance before a crowd of 75,000 people, she was already an icon. Recently returned from a years-long European tour, she had performed to crowds with “Marian Fever” and was dubbed “The Voice of the Century” by legendary conductor Toscanini.