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Virginia Opera to present ‘The Marian Anderson Journey’

“Deep River: The Marian Anderson Journey” will be performed by the Virginia Opera at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 16, at Essex High School, Tappahannock. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

In a production that celebrates Black History Month, 

“Deep River” brings the famed contralto to life and honors her legacy as one of the foremost classical singers of the 20th century, said a press release.

Anderson rose to fame in spite of the racial prejudice that she faced, said the release. She garnered numerous honors, including invitations by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter morning in 1939 and to perform privately at the White House for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Anderson had family roots in King and Queen and King William counties.

The cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 to 17. Children under 12 are free.

Tickets are available at Essex Bank in Tappahannock and at several area churches. A limited...

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