Episode 3: The Whole World in Her Hands
In Episode 3 of Virtuosa Society’s inaugural season, host Katie Harman recounts world-renowned singer Marian Anderson’s groundbreaking moments, including a little-know collaboration with fellow virtuosa Florence Price on a signature piece that closed her historic Easter Sunday concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939.
In connection, Katie sits down with Ginette DePreist, wife of the late James DePreist – renowned conductor and Marian Anderson’s beloved only nephew. Marian came to live with James and Ginette in Portland during the years before her peaceful death at the age of 96 in 1993. Ginette shares wonderful personal stories of “Aunt Marian”.
A listening guide to pieces heard and referenced throughout the episode:
- US National archives audio from the 1939 concert: Marian Anderson Performs on the Steps of the Lincoln Memorial: With an Introduction by Harold Ickes
- My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord: My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord (Remastered)
- Florence Price’s Symphony No.1 in E minor: Price: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor - I. Allegro ma non troppo
- Marian Anderson performs “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” with Bombay City Orchestra:Marian Anderson Performing "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" with the Bombay City Orchestra...
- Marian Anderson introducing the Bombay City Orchestra: https://youtu.be/fIjGELYe4Ak
- Marian Anderson performing “He’s Got the Whole World” in Seoul: "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" in Seoul (Remastered)
- Marian Anderson performing “Crucifixion”: Marian Anderson: Crucifixion (1951) - 10 inch LP, RCA Victor
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Producer: Katie Harman @katieharmanebner
Audio Engineer: Will Cowser @williamcowser
Title Song: “Reflection of the Sun” by Anna Landström