Dedication Ceremony and Sign Unveiling in Commonwealth Plaza at 2:00 PM
Featuring Citations for Marian Anderson Day in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Great Stages Concert Honoring Marian Anderson
Hosted by Queen Latifah with The Philadelphia Orchestra,Music and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Angel Blue, Audra McDonald, Latonia Moore, and Marcus Robertsin Marian Anderson Hall at 8:00 PM

(Philadelphia, June 6, 2024)—On Saturday, June 8, 2024, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Ensemble Arts will officially rededicate Verizon Hall as Marian Anderson Hall, the first major concert venue in the world to honor the late contralto, civil rights icon, and Philadelphian. The FREE dedication ceremony and Marian Anderson Hall sign unveiling will take place at 2:00 PM in Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.    At 8:00 PM that evening, GRAMMY®, Emmy®, and Golden Globe® award–winning and Academy Award®–nominated artist, actor, and producer Queen Latifah will host the Great Stages Concert honoring Marian Anderson. The celebration will be the first concert to take place in the newly named hall. The evening will feature performances by Music and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra with soprano Angel Blue, actress and singer Audra McDonald, soprano Latonia Moore, and jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. The musical selections of the concert are all connected to Marian Anderson, including “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” and a special orchestration of Florence Price’s arrangement of the spiritual “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord,” both sung by Anderson during the historic concert on April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after she was denied the opportunity to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, because of her race.
DEDICATION CEREMONY AND SIGN UNVEILING DETAILS: WHO: Philadelphia Orchestra and Ensemble Arts President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky Marian Anderson Hall Benefactor Richard Worley Philadelphia City Council President Kenyatta Johnson Representative Regina Young Philadelphia Orchestra Music and Artistic Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin
And a special performance of Adolphus Hailstork’s “Great Day” by:First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang Assistant Principal Cello Yumi Kendall Violist Renard Edwards
WHAT:The Philadelphia Orchestra and Ensemble Arts will rededicate Verizon Hall as Marian Anderson Hall in a free community event, which will include the unveiling of the new Marian Anderson Hall sign at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the presentation of citations marking June 8, 2024, as Marian Anderson Day in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.
VISUALS: Marian Anderson Hall sign unveiling
Presentations of Marian Anderson Day citations
Special display of Marian Anderson garments from the Danbury Museum & Historical Society
Photo ops underneath the Marian Anderson Hall sign with VIPs in attendance, including event speakers and members of Marian Anderson’s family
Philadelphia Orchestra string trio performance, featuring Renard Edwards, the first Black musician to join the Orchestra as a permanent member
WHEN:Saturday, June 8, 20242:00 PMNote: Please arrive between 1:30-1:45 PMA mult box will be available WHERE:Commonwealth Plaza, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
GREAT STAGES CONCERT DETAILS: WHO:The Philadelphia OrchestraYannick Nézet-Séguin ConductorQueen Latifah HostLatonia Moore SopranoAudra McDonald SopranoAngel Blue SopranoMarcus Roberts Piano WHAT:The Philadelphia Orchestra and Ensemble Arts celebrates the rededication of Marian Anderson Hall with a star-studded concert. 
WHEN:Saturday, June 8, 20247:00–7:45 PM: Nathanael Barlow performance in Commonwealth Plaza7:30–8:00 PM: Camden High School Drumline performance on S. Broad St.8:00 PM: Concert
WHERE:Marian Anderson Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
RESTRICTIONS:Queen Latifah only allows news photography and video capture during her opening remarks from approx. 8:14–8:20 PM. 
About Marian Anderson Hall
Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra, is the first major concert venue in the world named in honor of the legendary contralto, civil rights icon, and Philadelphian. The hall is a permanent monument to its namesake’s artistry and achievements, a reflection of the inclusive future she helped to engender, and an active testament to the intersection of music, art, and positive social impact. The dedication of Marian Anderson Hall is named in her honor by a visionary $25 million philanthropic gift from Richard Worley and Leslie Miller. Worley has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Board of Trustees since 1997 and served as chair from 2009–2019. Miller is a former Kimmel Center trustee and previous acting president of the Kimmel Center.