Marian Anderson

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Marian Anderson - Manan Anderson Again Given Wcnderf id Ovation...
Manan Anderson Again Given Wcnderf id Ovation By Audience That Packs Vast Carnegie Hall When I write that Marian Ander son sang last aunoay nigm me whole story is told. The spacious teaches of Carnegie Hall, with its nearly' 3,500 seats, was completely filled, and in addition tliere were sev eral hundred devotees who willingly packed every inch of standing room available that they might not be de prived of an opportunity to listen to the young Negro singer who now holds rank as the world's greatest contralto. Realizina - what a taxing program Miss Anderson was presenting, there was a valiant and considered effort on part of the huRe audience to not impose too much upon her wonder ful graciousness, but the middle of her second group brought Francks delightful chanson, "S'il est un char - mant gaxon (If there were charming lawn), and the auditors could restrain themselves no longer. Demand for a repetition could not be denied, nor could the wild insistence of the audience be restrained. A group of five folk - songs of dif ferent lands brought examples of Swedish, Scottish, Fininsh, Sicilian and Spanish songs, displaying the versatility erf Miss Anderson's art. Two other examples of Finnish songs arranged by the accompanist, Kosti Vehanen, were added to the group. The program proper closed with a group ot Negro spirituals, uo Down, Moses," in its famous ar rangement by Burleigh: Lord I can't stay away," br Roland Hayes; "Hear de Lams a - crying" by Law rence Brown, and Hall Johnson's "Gn'nv Lord." made un this group. but the last note had not died out before there was a surging mass piling piling down the aisle to the stage, made un' of all the patient standees and many of the teat - holders, and they filled all the apace between tne stage and the front row of teats, half way down, the aisles. : And there they stayed, voicing in. sistent demands for more, with Miss Anderson favoring their re nurtu bv the addition of three more songs, "there's no hiding place down' there," "Coming thro the rye, ana Schubert'e immortal "Ave Maria," and tatcinir innumerable Curtain calls. both alone . and with Mr. Vehanen, the accompanist It was not until a stage hand came out and closed the Steinwav grand niano. and Mis An - derson made a final appearance garb ed in white lur over her evening gown, ready for the street, that the eager listeners finally gave up and reluctantly made their way to the street The program included 'Ahl Spie - tato" (Armadigi), and "Ch'io vi pos sa" (Can my love ever vary),, by Handel; "Plaisir d'amour" (The Joy of love), by Martini ; "La , vie an - terieure" (Another lire), Duparc; the Franck song ; "Le soinmeil des fau - cons (Sleep. of the falcons), Bern - heim; "Halleluja" in English, by Hummel ; the folk songs and Negro ' Spirituals. I

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  1. The New York Age,
  2. 22 Apr 1939, Sat,
  3. Page 7

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