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Marian Anderson Concert 2009

Easter Concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC

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Marian Anderson Concert 2009
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The Marian Anderson Tribute Concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC will honor the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and the civil rights movement. The concert will feature world-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, the women’s a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Chicago Children’s Choir, and the U.S. Marine Band. This is one of the signature events of the Lincoln Bicentennial and is expected to draw a large crowd.

About Marian Anderson

In 1939, Anderson, a noted opera singer, was slated to perform at DAR Constitution Hall but her appearance was canceled when organizers learned that she was African-American. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt arranged for the concert to take place instead on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Seventy years later, acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will join the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission at the Memorial for a concert paying tribute to this civil rights pioneer. Graves will be joined by the Washington National Opera, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and the Chicago Children’s Choir. A naturalization ceremony will precede the concert, scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Concert Date: Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009.

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Washington, DC.

Transportation and Parking

The best way to get to the Lincoln Memorial is to take Metro. The following stations are walkable: Farragut North, Metro Center, Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, L’Enfant Plaza and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter.

For information about parking, see Parking Near the National Mall.

About the Performers

Denyce Graves has won accolades for her performances in opera houses across North and South America, Europe and Asia. She has performed for presidents and popes, dignitaries at the U.N. Summit on the Environment, at the National Prayer Service following the 9/11 tragedies, and at concerts benefiting U.S. military personnel. She has appeared with the leading symphony orchestras and conductors throughout the world. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1995-96 season in the title role of Carmen.

Sweet Honey in the Rock, the a capella ensemble's collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. Recently nominated for a Grammy award in 2008, Sweet Honey In The Rock has sung in communities across the United States and around the world raising their voices in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance.

The Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. The late Rev. Christopher Moore, the Choir’s founder, dreamed that young people from diverse backgrounds could better understand each other, as well as learn about themselves, by learning to make beautiful music together. Today, the Choir serves 2,800 children, ages 8-18 through choirs in 45 schools, after-school programs in eight Chicago neighborhoods and the internationally acclaimed Concert Choir. Under Artistic Director Josephine Lee, the Choir has undertaken many highly successful national and international tours, received a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for the 2008 documentary Songs on the Road to Freedom, and has been featured in nationally broadcast television and radio performances, most recently on NBC’s Today show and the 2007 PBS series From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall.

The United States Marine Band, known as “the President’s own,” was established by Congress on July 11, 1798, and is America’s oldest professional musical organization. Twenty-seven Directors have led the Marine Band throughout history, the most famous of whom was 17th Director John Philip Sousa. The current Director is Colonel Michael J. Colburn. Many Marine Band musicians serve for 20 years or more and most hold advanced degrees from the world’s top music schools.

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