Photo Journal: Marian Anderson Stamp Unveiled in New York

Classic Arts News   Photo Journal: Marian Anderson Stamp Unveiled in New York
 
A new stamp honoring contralto Marian Anderson (left) made its New York debut this week at Town Hall.

The New York venue was the site of of two recitals by Anderson. In 1924, she made her recital debut there, but was disappointed with her performance and considered ending her career. Instead, she traveled to Europe, where she studied and performed; when she returned in 1935, a second recital at Town Hall helped to launch her American career.

The stamp will also be featured at an event on February 28 in Philadelphia, the city of the singer's birth. The event at 11 a.m. at the Kimmel Center is free and open to the public.

Present at the Town Hall unveiling on February 15 were (below, from left) Marvin Leffler, president of Town Hall; Alfred F. Hubay, a friend of Sol Hurok, Anderson's manager; opera singer Martina Arroyo; John Hargett, manager of Post Office operations; Blanche Burton-Lyles, president of the Marian Anderson Historical Society; Phyllis Sims, curator of the Marian Anderson Historical Society; and singer Kevin So.


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