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The National Portrait Gallery exhibition ONE LIFE—MARIAN ANDERSON “[explores] the life of the famed contralto, her achievements, and how she became a symbol of the civil rights movement.”*

The show is curated by Leslie Ureña.

“Recognized as one of the greatest American singers of the twentieth century, Anderson is best remembered for her legendary performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where she sang in 1939 after segregationist policies barred her from theaters across Washington, D.C. However, this exhibition broadens the focus, delving into underexplored moments of Anderson’s decades-long career as a celebrated singer and diplomat. It also highlights the ways she inspired visual artists, ranging from Harlem Renaissance painter Beauford Delaney to fashion photographer Irving Penn.”*


Through May 17.

National Portrait Gallery

8th and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C.

From top: Robert S. Scurlock, Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial, 1939, gelatin silver print, Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; Beauford Delaney, Marian Anderson, 1965, oil on canvas, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, J. Hardwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art; Allen T. Winigrad, Marian Anderson rehearsing with Aaron Copland, 1976, chromogenic print, cibachrome; William Henry Johnson, Marian Anderson, circa 1945, oil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the Harmon Foundation; Irving Penn, Marian Anderson, New York, 1948, gelatin silver print, © Irving Penn Foundation; Ruth Orkin, Marian Anderson and Leonard Bernstein, 1947, gelatin silver print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Brian Lanker, Marian Anderson, 1989, gelatin silver print. Winigrad, Penn, and Lanker photographs from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Philadelphia. Images courtesy the National Portrait Gallery.


Boston Court presents pianists Brent McMunn and Paul Floyd, soprano Graycen Gardner, and tenor Todd Strange in a rare performance of FOUR DIALOGUES, by Ned Rorem.

Also on the bill: works by Leonard Bernstein and Michael Welsh.


Friday, September 28, at 8 pm.

Pre-show discussion with the musicians at 7:15 pm.

Boston Court, 70 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena.

See: A Ned Rorem Reader.

Image credit above and top: George Braziller.

Below: Ned Rorem in Paris, 1953.


Leonard Bernstein’s operetta CANDIDE (1956)—musical theater’s polymorphous masterpiece—started out as a Cold War retort against McCarthyism, with a libretto by Lillian Hellman, and lyrics by film writer James Agee (which were dropped), Richard Wilber, John Latouche, and Dorothy Parker. In the 1970s, a book by Hugh Wheeler—truer to Voltaire’s satire—replaced Hellman’s (who had prohibited use of her work in any revivals).

The acclaimed production now at the Music Center—directed by Glimmerglass Festival general director Francesca Zambello, and conducted by James Conlon—is a co-production of Glimmerglass, the Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, and features the John Caird libretto from his 1999 Royal National Theatre staging.

Jack Swanson stars as Candide, the disillusioned optimist, and Erin Morley as his elusive love Cunegonde. Broadway legend Christine Ebersole plays the Old Lady, and Kelsey Grammer performs double duty as Voltaire and the misguided Professor Pangloss.



Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 pm; Sunday, February 11, at 2 pm; Thursday, February 15, at 7:30 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18, at 2 pm.

DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.


From top:

Erin Morley, Brian Michael Moore, and Danny Lindgren in CandideL.A. Opera, 2018.

Morley, Jack Swanson, and Christine Ebersole in Candide, L.A. Opera, 2018. Photographs by Ken Howard.




Leonard Bernstein’s centenary is being celebrated by orchestras, opera companies, museums, book publishers, and arts organizations around the world.

This weekend at CSUN, the troupe Keigwin + Company will dance two world premieres set to Bernstein compositions: SONATA (based on the composer’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano), and THREE PLUS ONE (from Piano Trio).

Also on the bill (both from 2014) are EPISODES—which draws from Bernstein’s music for On the Town—and WATERFRONT, a piece based on his work for Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront, Bernstein’s only score written for a Hollywood studio.



Saturday, February 3, at 8 pm.

VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, Los Angeles.


Monday, February 5, at 7 pm.

MC CALLUM THEATRE, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert.



From top: Dancer Nicholas Ranauro of Keigwin + Company.

Keigwin + Company, Keigwin Celebrates Bernstein rehearsal. Image courtesy Keigwin + Company.

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