Throwback Thursday: Ave Maria by Marian Anderson

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One of the richest, vibrant voices of our time, the late opera singer Marian Anderson was an important figure in twentieth century music. Famous for performing in United States and Europe recitals, backed by famous orchestras, Anderson was not only an important figure in music, but also in allowing equality to happen for African-Americans. On January 7, 1955, Anderson became the first African-American soloist to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Her role was to play a fortune-teller in Un Ballo In Mashera (Masked Ball) by Giuseppe Verdi. Though Anderson never performed at The Met Opera again, she went on to perform at both Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy’s presidential inaugurations, along with being one of the 31 first recipients of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. With a voice so majestic to bring chills, Marian Anderson was an important fixture in African-American music to blur the lines between racial divisions and today we thank her!


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