(Amanda Voisard For the Washington Post) - American soprano Jessye Norman joins in the final musical selection 'America My Country Tis of Thee)' during 'Of Thee We Sing: The Manrian Anderson 75th Anniversary Celebration' on April 12 at the DAR Constitution Hall
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The concert has attained iconic status without — like many iconic events — always being fully or accurately remembered. This year, the newly rechristened Washington Performing Arts marked it twice. On the actual anniversary, April 9, the organization hosted an event at the Lincoln Memorial. And on Saturday night, it pulled out the big guns to offer a full-scale concert at Constitution Hall itself. Jessye Norman hosted; the Winans brothers and Dionne Warwick sang; and Ysaye M. Barnwell wrote a new work for the occasion, a straightforward declamatory choral piece called “An Ave for Marian Anderson.” This was performed by an ensemble of 300 singers from choruses all over Washington, led by Stanley J. Thurston, filling the stage and the sides of the hall and resplendent in an array of concert robes and uniforms in a range of colors.