Marian Anderson Tribute Concert

April 12, 2009

Where:: The Lincoln Memorial, Washington

When:: 3 p.m. Sunday

What:: In 1939, opera singer Marian Anderson was set to perform at Constitution Hall but was turned away when organizers realized she was black. Instead, the Easter concert was held at the Lincoln Memorial. Sunday's event features mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in a performance paying tribute to the 70th anniversary of Anderson's concert. Graves will be joined by a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock. A naturalization ceremony will precede the concert, with a keynote address from former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

How much: : Free.

What's nearby:: Sunday is the last day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, so head on over to the Tidal Basin to catch the blooms before they fade. The National Park Service is offering lantern-lit walks among the trees from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Go to for more details.

More information:: or, the Web site of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

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