Oboist Engelbert Brenner performed in recital with legendary contralto Marian Anderson. Anderson’s voice was described as a rich, vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty. As an African-American artist, her role in the Civil Rights movement was monumental. Her legendary performance at the Lincoln Memorial (after having been denied the venue of D.A.R. Constitution Hall) will be forever part of American History. Through her grace & talent, a blind American public was forced to see.
Anderson gave Brenner this autographed photo after one of their musical collaborations. He prized it, as do I now that the photo has been left in my care.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2011