Marian Anderson and the Desegregation of the American Concert Stage


Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study 10 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Hailed as one of the greatest singers of the twentieth century, Marian Anderson used her talent and celebrity to advance civil rights. Her 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial defied a ban excluding African American performers from Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., and her 1955 debut at the Metropolitan Opera ended the Met’s exclusion of African American singers in starring roles.

You are invited to this lecture by Carol Oja – which includes audio and video of Anderson in performance – that will reposition those landmarks as part of the little-discussed history of institutional segregation in the classical music business. This event, like almost every lecture, conference, and exhibition at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, is free and open to the public. Please register and join us.

Who it’s for: community members, arts enthusiasts, historians, current and future leaders
Vibe: inspiring, enlightening, motivating

Cost: Free

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