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"Legendary Women's Voices" - Cynthia Erivo & NSO at the Kennedy Center, April 2019

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On April 5-6, 2019, the Kennedy Center will host an evening of "Legendary Women's Voices," as performed by Cynthia Erivo and the National Symphony Orchestra. Featuring repertoire by artists ranging from Marian Anderson and Nina Simone to Gladys Knight and Beyoncé, the performances aim to honor a diversity of iconic women musicians. The event is being co-promoted by the Smithsonian Year of Music. Through the Learning Lab, the Smithsonian highlights a collection of artifacts that relate to the musicians featured in the Kennedy Center concerts.

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Nina Simone - Symphony Hall, Boston, Mass. - 1969

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographic print of Nina Simone and Dick Gregory

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Mississippi Goddam / Sea Lion Woman

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Nina Simone, Lorraine Hansberry, Theodore Bikel, James Forman

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Aretha: Mysterious Lady of Sorrows

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Aretha Franklin, SCLC convention, Club Paradise, Memphis, TN

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Aretha Franklin

National Portrait Gallery

Billie Holiday

National Portrait Gallery

Maya Angelou and Billie Holiday

National Portrait Gallery

29c Billie Holiday single

National Postal Museum

Billie Holiday

Catalog of American Portraits

Etta James, 1991

National Museum of African American History and Culture

32c Mahalia Jackson single

National Postal Museum

Mahalia Jackson

National Portrait Gallery

Gospal Singer [drawing] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Photograph of Mahalia Jackson with Dr. Martin Luther King

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Soul Train Hall of Fame

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Beyoncé Knowles

National Portrait Gallery

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

National Portrait Gallery

Rodgers & Hammerstein

National Portrait Gallery

National Symphony Orchestra Program

National Museum of American History

Marian Anderson

Catalog of American Portraits

Marian Anderson

National Portrait Gallery

Marian Anderson

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson

National Portrait Gallery

Marian Anderson

National Portrait Gallery

Marian Anderson, Singer

National Museum of American History

Marian Anderson Sings Spirituals

National Museum of African American History and Culture

37c Marian Anderson single

National Postal Museum

Ensemble associated with Marian Anderson's 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert

National Museum of African American History and Culture