For Thee We Sing

Marian Anderson's 1939 Easter Concert:

A Retrospective with Dr. Sonya Baker

Monday, February 1 @ 8 pm ADDED

Tuesday, February 2 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL


PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. SONYA BAKER

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., the 1939 Easter concert given by acclaimed African-American classical singer Marian Anderson was a transformative moment in U.S. history. The concert moved millions to re-evaluate their patriotism and sense of humanity. The dramatic story behind Anderson’s performance demonstrates the profound ability of the arts to change lives and impact the future of society. This multimedia lecture recital features visual images of Marian Anderson, recordings of Anderson’s own voice, and repertoire from the 1939 concert performed by Dr. Sonya Baker, opera singer and associate dean of JMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Come celebrate Black History Month marking this momentous occasion.

A question-and-answer session will follow the performance.


HIGHLIGHTS


  • Britain's Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, bring "spiritually and musically refreshing" voices to the Forbes



  • Experience masterful musicianship by the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine!