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Palace Danbury Concert To Honor Marian Anderson

Wanda Houston Video Credit: Courtesy musicincommon

DANBURY, Conn. -- The Palace Danbury is teaming with the Danbury Museum and Historical Society to celebrate the life and legacy of Marian Anderson this weekend.

The celebration, starring Wanda Houston, is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Palace Danbury. "The Life & Legacy of Marian Anderson" includes a vocal and narrative performance from Houston on the history of Anderson’s vibrant life, performing the signature opera arias and favorite Negro spirituals of the "Diva of Danbury," according to a press release.

Houston is a Grammy-nominated singer, Broadway and television actress, and acclaimed international performer. Prior to the concert, a reception will be held at the Danbury Museum and Historical Society in Anderson's rehearsal studio at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

"Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while touring the Marian Anderson exhibit which includes phot0graphs, gowns that she wore while performing, and other memorabilia in the rehearsal space that was built for her by her husband, Orpheus H 'King' Fisher," representatives said in a release.

Anderson was an African-American "contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Most of her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital in major music venues and with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965." Anderson passed in April 1993.

Tickets for the reception are $12 each and are available at the Danbury Museum and Historical Society website.

Tickets for the "Marian Anderson: Celebrating Her Life and Legacy" performance are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets are available on the Palace Danbury website.

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