Wednesday, February 17, 2010

James DePreist & Thomas Wilkins Conduct Philadelphia Orchestra at Marian Anderson Gala April 6

[TOP: Thomas Wilkins; BOTTOM: James DePreist Bust, by Rip Caswell, Sculptor]

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Marian Anderson Award Announces Gala Program
The Marian Anderson Award has announced the guest artists for the upcoming Award Gala on April 6, 2010, at the Kimmel Center, honoring comedian and educator Bill Cosby. In announcing the program, Award Chair Pamela A. Crawley noted that 'This year is our 11th Award, and we will be honoring an individual who, like Marian Anderson, was shaped by Philadelphia and then helped shape our culture.'”

'Our fabulous Philadelphia Orchestra will be center stage under the baton of two distinguished maestros. Conducting the opening work of the evening will be another great Philadelphian, the distinguished maestro James DePreist, nephew of Marian Anderson, and Thomas Wilkins, music director of the Omaha Symphony, will return again this year to conduct the balance of the program. Joining the Orchestra under his baton will be opera superstar Denyce Graves, making her second appearance at the Marian Anderson Award Concert.'” [James DePreist is profiled at]

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