Carnegie Hall Icon: Marian Anderson


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Digital portrait by Stanley Chow, © Carnegie Hall

Marian Anderson Concert Flyer (1943) by Carnegie Hall ArchivesCarnegie Hall

Marian Anderson had a more than 70-year association with Carnegie Hall. Following her debut at the Hall in 1920, she appeared more than 50 times until the mid-1970s.

Marian Anderson and Franz Rupp (1955) by Carnegie Hall ArchivesCarnegie Hall

In 1960, she became one of the original board members of The Carnegie Hall Corporation when the Hall was saved from demolition. She remained on the board until her death in 1993.

It is easy to look back, self-indulgently, feeling pleasantly sorry for oneself and saying I didn’t have this and I didn’t have that. But it is only the grown woman regretting the hardships of a little girl who never thought they were hardships at all. She had the things that really mattered.


Signed Marian Anderson Program (1928) by Carnegie Hall ArchivesCarnegie Hall

This signed program is from Anderson's recital debut at Carnegie Hall, a concert by the Martin-Smith Music School on December 30, 1920. Her final appearance, pictured in the previous photograph, was at the Black History Makers Awards Ceremony on February 1, 1989.

Marian Anderson—Seven Decades at Carnegie Hall and Beyond: From the Carnegie Hall Archives (2013-02-26) by Carnegie HallCarnegie Hall

Hear Her Voice

Learn more about Marian Anderson and hear her sing in this video with Gino Francesco, Director of the Archives and Rose Museum at Carnegie Hall.

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