The famous Violin Concerto of Brahms is performed by the incomparable Gil Shaham.
The Philadelphia Orchestra will honor its former music director and conductor laureate, Wolfgang Sawallisch–who passed away February 22, 2013 during these performances, which feature repertoire that reflects his indelible artistic imprint on the Orchestra.
Gala to Honor James Earl Jones November 19: Featuring Stars of Opera, Stage, and Screen
Philadelphia, September 10, 2012 – The Marian Anderson Award has announced the guest artists for its upcoming Award Gala on November 19, 2012, at the Kimmel Center, honoring the Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning actor James Earl Jones. In announcing the program, Award Chair Pamela Browner White noted, "This year we will be honoring an individual who has been part of our cultural landscape for many years—a true American icon, Mr. James Earl Jones.” White continues, “Much like Marian Anderson, Mr. Jones has made vast contributions to American life though his unparalleled range as an actor—from small early roles in landmark films like Dr. Strangelove, to innovative plays like The Great White Hope, and powerful films like Field of Dreams and Cry the Beloved Country—even voicing the character of Mufasa in the Disney animated film The Lion King. He has remained a tremendous presence for decades on the Broadway stage in both classic and innovative performances, and he has also made his mark on television—winning two Grammy Awards in one year (1991) for Gabriel’s Fire and Heatwave, and even stopping by Sesame Street to recite the alphabet.
Hosting the 2012 Award Gala is the critically acclaimed actor and Screen Actors Guild Award recipient Terrence Howard. The Philadelphia Orchestra will once again be center stage under the baton of Maestro Cristian Macelaru, and joining the Orchestra as a special guest will be the extraordinary international opera star tenor Lawrence Brownlee. Also appearing on the program are two of the most critically acclaimed actresses before the public today, Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad and the Tony Award-winner and Oscar-nominated Viola Davis. Additional guest artists will be announced at a future date.
Tickets are on sale starting at noon on Monday, September 10, and can be purchased at www.philorch.org, at the Kimmel Center Box Office, or by calling Ticket Philadelphia at 215-893-1999.
MARIAN ANDERSON AWARD
The Marian Anderson Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, honors artists whose leadership on behalf of a humanitarian cause(s) or issue(s) benefits society. Previous recipients include Bill Cosby (2010), Maya Angelou and Norman Lear (2008), Richard Gere (2007), Sidney Poitier (2006), Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis (2005), Oprah Winfrey (2003), Danny Glover (2002), Quincy Jones (2001), Elizabeth Taylor (2000), Gregory Peck (1999), and Harry Belafonte (1998). No award was given in 2004 or 2009.
Created in 1998, the Award is named for the great Philadelphian and American singer Marian Anderson, and is produced and administered under the direction of J. Patrick Moran. Since its inception, the Award program has provided more than $470,000 in free public programs, residencies, commissions, and grants to young artists. US Airways is the official airline and Sofitel is the official hotel of the Marian Anderson Award.
Marian Anderson, the most celebrated contralto of the 20th century, was born in Philadelphia on February 27, 1897, to an African-American family of modest means. Recognized for her extraordinary musical talent, as well as her generosity and commitment to others, Ms. Anderson was a master of repertoire across operatic, recital, and American traditional genres. Throughout her musical career, she played an incalculably vital role in the acceptance of African-American musicians in classical musical and in other previously segregated performing arts genre.
In 1957, Ms. Anderson was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as a Special Envoy to the Far East, and the following year President Dwight D. Eisenhower named her to the post of delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations. She sang at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961; in 1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon her. On her 75th birthday, in 1974, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution ordering a special gold medal minted in her honor. On April 8, 1993, Marian Anderson died at the age of 96 in Portland, Oregon.
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