Toscanini once said that contralto Marian Anderson had a voice that appears "once in a hundred years." Now you too can celebrate the life of this world-class concert artist and civil rights icon, who rose to fame in spite of experiencing severe racial prejudice. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Marian Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in D.C.'s Constitution Hall. But with the aid of Eleanor Roosevelt and FDR, Anderson eventually performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of more than 75,000, plus millions of radio listeners. Deep River: Marian Anderson's Journey is a 45-minute show for children and families in which a small cast from Virginia Opera -- in costume with minimal sets, accompanied by piano -- brings Anderson's songs and spirit to life. The show will be followed by an informative Q&A session.
Running time: Approximately 45 minutes.
9019 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031