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Audience at concert given by Marian Anderson, Chicago, Illinois, 1903.
A spellbound audience at a concert given by Marian Anderson in Chicago in 1941

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Marian Anderson Performed at the Metropolitan Opera
January 7, 1955

Anderson had a remarkable career, appearing in concerts and recitals across the U.S. and in Europe. Noted conductor Arturo Toscanini remarked that "a voice like hers comes only once in a century."

Perhaps, like Marian Anderson, you have a dream that will take much determination to make a reality. Other singers, such as the blind singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, have also made their dreams come true despite challenges. Marian Anderson received many awards and honors throughout her life, including the U.S. National Arts Medal in 1986, which she won for her magnificent singing and for helping to break the color barrier for African American performers.

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