VocalEssence celebrates the legacy of Marian Anderson, celebrated African American contralto. In 1939, after being refused permission to perform at Constitutional Hall, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt helped Anderson arrange a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. She sang for more than 75,000 people and to a radio audience of millions. In a semi-staged performance, students will learn how Anderson’s undeniable talent made her a force more powerful than the discriminatory norms of that time.
The performance features Marlissa Hudson as Anderson and the VocalEssence singers. Set on the eve of her performance at Dr. King’s March on Washington, Anderson becomes a powerful role model to young people by sharing her life story.
A Teacher Resource Guide is available in PDF form at www.vocalessence.org/witness/school/guide
More information online at www.vocalessence.org/witness2013
You can find video clips of VocalEssence: WITNESS on their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/vocalessence
To learn more about the story of Marian Anderson, visit
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Target Grade Level: This program is recommended for grades 4 and up (ages 9 and up). Younger children who are able to be respectful members of the audience are welcome to attend.
Cost per Child/Student: $3.50
Cost per Adult/Educator: $3.50
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Sibling Policy: Younger siblings who are able to be respectful members of the audience are welcome to attend. Parents are asked to use their best judgment as to whether or not their younger children will be disruptive to other audience members. Everyone in attendance must have a ticket regardless of age.
Parent/Guardian Policy: All children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.
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