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Anderson,Marian

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Anderson, Marian, celebrated black American contralto; b. Philadelphia, Feb. 27, 1897; d. Portland, Oreg., April 8, 1993. She was the aunt of the greatly talented black American conductor James (Anderson) DePreist (b. Philadelphia, Nov. 21, 1936). She gained experience as a member of the Union Baptist Church choir in Philadelphia. After studies with Giuseppe Boghetti, she pursued vocal training with Frank La Forge in N.Y. In 1925 she won 1 st prize in the N.Y. Phil. competition, which led to her appearance as soloist with it at the Lewisohn Stadium on Aug. 27 of that same year. In 1929 she sang at N.Y.‘s Carnegie Hall, and then made her European debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in 1930. She subsequently toured Europe, with increasing success. Her first appearance at N.Y.‘s Town Hall on Nov. 30, 1935, proved a notable turning point in her U.S. career, and she thereafter toured throughout the country. In spite of her success, she became the center of national attention in 1939 when the Daughters of the American Revolution denied her the right to give a concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., citing the organization’s long-standing rules of racial segregation. The ensuing controversy led to widespread support for Anderson, who subsequently appeared in concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (April 9, 1939). Her success was enormous and secured her reputation as one of America’s outstanding musicians. In later years, she toured not only in the U.S. and Europe, but worldwide. On Jan. 7, 1955, she became the first black singer to appear at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. when she made her debut as Ulrica. She then continued her concert career until retiring in 1965. Her autobiography appeared as My Lord, What a Morning (N.Y., 1956). Anderson received numerous honors from governments and institutions of higher learning, among them the U.S. Medal of Freedom (1963), a gold medal from the U.S. Congress (1977), and the National Medal of Arts (1986).

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