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Marian Anderson and Leonard Bernstein

Image for Marian Anderson and Leonard Bernstein
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
In 1947, Marian Anderson and the conductor, composer, and pianist Leonard Bernstein (1918– 1990) performed for nearly 20,000 spectators at the City University of New York’s Lewisohn Stadium. The photographer Ruth Orkin, who had demonstrated an interest in capturing musicians at work, took multiple photographs of Anderson and Bernstein as they prepared for the concert. Bernstein had recently moved to New York City, where he had become a sensation after substituting for the ailing Bruno Walter as conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Critics celebrated Anderson’s performance, which included both arias and spirituals, and the audience clamored for five encores before she could leave the stage.
En 1947, Marian Anderson y el director de orquesta, compositor y pianista Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990) actuaron ante unos 20,000 espectadores en el Estadio Lewisohn de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York. La fotógrafa Ruth Orkin, quien se interesaba en captar a los músicos en acción, tomó varias fotografías de Anderson y Bernstein preparándose para el concierto. Bernstein acababa de mudarse a Nueva York, donde había causado sensación tras haber dirigido a la Filarmónica de Nueva York en sustitución de Bruno Walter, que estaba enfermo. Los críticos celebraron la actuación de Anderson, que incluyó tanto arias como espirituales, y el público no la dejó abandonar el escenario antes de cantar cinco encores.
Ruth Orkin, 3 Sep 1921 - Jan 1985
Leonard Bernstein, 25 Aug 1918 - 14 Oct 1990
Marian Anderson, 27 Feb 1897 - 8 Apr 1993
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 24.1 x 17.1 cm (9 1/2 x 6 3/4")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
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NPG, East Gallery 141
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Leonard Bernstein: Male
Leonard Bernstein: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Leonard Bernstein: Education\Educator\Professor
Leonard Bernstein: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Leonard Bernstein: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Leonard Bernstein: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Conductor
Restrictions & Rights
© 1947 Ruth Orkin