The National Gallery of Art continues its observance of National African American History Month, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 23, when soprano Louise Toppin and Leon Bates, one of America’s leading pianists, perform a program of spirituals and other music by African-American composers in commemoration of the famous recital by Marian Anderson on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF9Quk0QhSE
The Steinway grand piano that was used in that historic concert by Marian Anderson 75 years ago will be used. The National Gallery of Art owns the piano; it is heard regularly in concerts in the East Building Auditorium.
Lunch is available in the Garden Café. Doors open at 6 p.m. First come; first seated! The entrance at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW remains open on Sunday until 6:30 p.m. Families with small children may be asked to sit in designated areas. Please note that late entry or reentry of the West Building after 6:30 p.m. is not permitted.
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