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WPAS' musical celebration of Marian Anderson to include Jessye Norman and more

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The Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s groundbreaking Easter Sunday performance at the Lincoln Memorial April 12, 2014. The a landmark moment in the Civil Rights movement, with an all-star concert hosted by Jessye Norman, the celebrated American soprano and longtime friend of WPAS and of Anderson.

Norman will be joined by Dionne Warwick, 3WB (Marvin, Carvin, and BeBe Winans), composer Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, journalist Wolf Blitzer, opera singers Soloman Howard and Alyson Cambridge, American Idol winner Candice Glover, vocalist Annisse Murillo, and the nearly 300 voices led by WPAS Gospel Choir Artistic Director Stanley Thurston to tell Anderson’s story through music, words and images, tied together with a narrative by Tony Award-winning playwright Murray Horwitz (Ain’t Misbehavin’).

The program includes the world premiere of a WPAS-commissioned choral work by D.C. music luminary Dr. Ysaye Barnwell (Sweet Honey in the Rock) that will be performed by the WPAS Men, Women, and Children Of The Gospel Choir and singers from 20 D.C.-area choirs.

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