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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra

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Great Stages Concert

Jun 08, 2024
8:00 PM


Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Queen Latifah Host
Latonia Moore Soprano
Audra McDonald Soprano
Angel Blue Soprano
Marcus Roberts Piano

Traditional “My Country, 'Tis of Thee”
Verdi Overture to La forza del destino
Sondheim/Rodgers “Children Taught, Listen Carefully”
Coleman Fanfare for Marian
World premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra commission
Price Third movement from Symphony No. 3
Sibelius Finlandia
Puccini “Vissi d’arte,” from Tosca
Traditional “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”
Traditional “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord”

Join us for this special concert celebrating the newly inaugurated Marian Anderson Hall! Music and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin commands the stage, leading The Philadelphia Orchestra alongside a constellation of guest stars including GRAMMY Award–winning vocalists Audra McDonald and Angel Blue and the acclaimed jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. These phenomenal performers join GRAMMY®, Emmy®, and Golden Globe® Award–winning and Academy Award®–nominated artist, actor, and producer Queen Latifah, who will host the evening honoring the memory of the great contralto, civil rights icon, and Philadelphian Marian Anderson. 

The musical selections are all connected to Marian Anderson, including “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” and a special orchestration of Florence Price’s arrangement of the spiritual “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord,” both sung by Anderson during the April 9, 1939, concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after she was denied the opportunity to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, because of her race.  

Our host, special guest Queen Latifah, is the epitome of elegance. Experience the charm and grace of this legendary entertainer as she takes the stage, captivating the audience with her magnetic presence and infectious energy. With her unique blend of humor and sophistication, Queen Latifah will guide us through a night of celebration and empowerment. 

Acclaimed for her performances with the great opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, and San Francisco Opera, among others, soprano Angel Blue possesses an “alluring, expressive, honeyed” (The New York Times) voice, thrilling audiences with “great arcs of sound” (The Washington Post).   

Blessed with “a God-touched voice” (The New York Times), Audra McDonald has won a record six Tony Awards, GRAMMYs for opera and classical recordings, an Emmy, and a host of other awards including the National Medal of the Arts, the United States’s highest honor for artistry. Beloved by fans of Broadway, opera, and classical music, her performances regularly sell out—as was the case in her eagerly anticipated 2023 performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Praised as “richly talented” by the New York TimesLatonia Moore is considered one of the greatest sopranos in the world today. She has recently soared in Metropolitan Opera productions such as Terrance Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Dead Man Walking with our very own Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She has starred across the world, and she has received global acclaim for her interpretation of the title role in Aida, of which the New York Times wrote, “her voice was radiant, plush and sizeable at its best, with gleaming top notes that broke through the chorus and orchestra during the crowd scenes.” 

Adding a flourish of jazz to the evening, pianist and composer Marcus Roberts infuses the concert with his signature blend of improvisation, innovation, and rhythmic brilliance. A virtuosic performer whose endlessly inventive improvisations conjure new insights into the classics of the American Songbook, Roberts was hailed by Wynton Marsalis as “a fearsome and fearless player—producing music that will move your mind as well as your body.” From vibrant renditions of jazz standards to original compositions, his electrifying energy will transport listeners to the heart of America’s musical heritage—a fitting grace note to the towering artistic figure that was Marian Anderson.   

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this remarkable event. 

You are also invited to FREE events on June 8 

FREE Dedication of Marian Anderson Hall  
Join us at 2 PM in the Kimmel Center Plaza for the official Dedication of Marian Anderson Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra will open the ceremony with a special performance, followed by remarks and the unveiling of the new Marian Anderson Hall sign.

Let Us Know You’re Coming 

FREE Pre-Concert Performance and Archival Display 
Come early to explore a display of Marian Anderson artifacts and to hear the next generation of Philly talent: singer Nathanael Barlow, winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo "Child Star of Tomorrow" Award, performs on the Plaza Stage starting at 7 PM. 


Elevate your evening with a Great Stages Gala sponsorship package! 

 Join The Philadelphia Orchestra and Ensemble Arts as we come together to celebrate the dedication of Marian Anderson Hall at the Great Stages Gala! Sponsorship packages include a celebratory reception, ticket(s) for premier seating at the concert, and an after party. Proceeds from the Great Stages Gala benefit the restoration of the Academy of Music, along with the programs, people, and venues of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Ensemble Arts. Sponsorship package prices start at $1,500. 


Discover more about the historic rededication of Verizon Hall as Marian Anderson Hall.

Verizon Hall

Kimmel Center

300 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

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