Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
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Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia on February 27, 1897. Although her early musical training was sporadic, a scholarship enabled her to study abroad under distinguished teachers.
When Arturo Tosacnini heard her perform at the Salzburg festival in 1935, the maestro was so impressed that he said to her: “A voice like yours is heard only once in a hundred years.”
After gaining international prominence, she returned to America. When she lost the opportunity to perform in Constitution Hall in 1939, Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States, arranged for Marian Anderson to sing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Over 75,000 people were in attendance.
In 1955 Marian Anderson was the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House. Shortly before her career ended a decade later, she sang at the presidential inaugration of John F. Kennedy.
As a black American who overcame adversity to achieve renown, Marian Anderson embodied the civil rights movement. However, this aspect of her life should not overshadow her stature as a performer. Musical experts, noting the uniqueness of her vocal qualities, have acclaimed her to be one of the greatest contraltos of the twentieth century. [Mermelstein, David. “Two Marian Andersons, Both of Them Real.” New York
For over fifty years, Marian Anderson lived with her hsband on their property called “Marianna Farm.” After her death, her music studio was moved to the property of the Danbury Museum on Main Street.
Erected by Danbury Museum & Historical Society. (Marker Number 12.)
Location. 41° 23.718′ N, 73° 27.191′ W. Marker is in Danbury, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Library Place, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 257 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 248 Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); The Seal of the City (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Edward Ives – The Father of Modern Music (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury Fair Days (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury – The Hat City (within shouting distance of this marker); The Danbury Fire Department (within shouting distance Trains, Trolleys & Transportation (within shouting distance of this marker); Savings Bank of Danbury at Bankers’ Row (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
Also see . . . Marian Anderson on Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 8, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music •
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