2015 Marian Anderson Award Gala Concert To Feature Wynton Marsalis’ Original Septet

*November 10th Event Honoring Marsalis also to include Ballet, Gospel, and Jazz Performances by World-renowned Artists*

The Board of the Marian Anderson Award announces that Soledad O’Brien, journalist, executive producer, and philanthropist, will host the November 10th Award Gala Concert, where Wynton Marsalis will be honored as the 2015 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award. Performers that evening include Misty Copeland, who recently became the first African American woman to be named a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Ms. Copeland will perform new work choreographed by Robert Garland, Philadelphia native and Resident Choreographer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Additionally, Lalah Hathaway, two-time Grammy Award winner, and Kim Burrell, Gospel superstar and three-time winner of the Stellar Award, will celebrate Mr. Marsalis with vocal performances.
At the concert’s conclusion, Mr. Marsalis will take the stage, reuniting with his original septet. Only two months away, it will be a night to remember!

“The Board of the Marian Anderson Award could not be more honored to host such acclaimed artists in Philadelphia for the celebration of the musical achievements and educational work of Mr. Marsalis,” says Marian Anderson Award Board Chair Nina C. Tinari. “We are expecting a sell-out crowd for this year’s Gala Concert.”

As a nine-time Grammy winner, National Medal of Arts Award recipient, and the first jazz musician ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for Composition, Mr. Marsalis is one of the world’s most celebrated leaders in the musical community. Musically and philanthropically, Mr. Marsalis’ work honors what is widely considered the only true American art form. Performance excellence and education are at the center of what Mr. Marsalis embodies, not only in his music, but also in his charitable efforts.

For tickets to the star-studded November 10 Award Gala Concert, visit For information about the Award Gala Dinner, call the Award office at 215-893-1837. Go to for more information about the organization.

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