Anne Brown
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Anne Brown
Anne Wiggins Brown was an African American soprano who created the role of "Bess" in the original production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess in 1935. She was also a radio and concert singer. She settled in Norway in her 30s and later became a Norwegian citizen.
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Current & Coming - knox.VillageSoup.com
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"Convergence," paintings, monoprints and drawings by Lindsey Brown, plus work by Anne Brown, Yvette Bouchard and Eric Michelsen, Oyster House Studio & Frame Shop, 77 Main St./Business Route 1. Through Sept. 17. Creative Celebration concert: 5 to 8 pm
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Engagements: Natalie Brown and Steven Elias - Norwich Bulletin
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Mr and Mrs Robert Brown, of Putnam, Connecticut, announce the engagement of their daughter, Natalie Anne Brown, to Steven Michael Elias, son of Mr and Mrs James Elias, of Flanders, New Jersey. Miss Brown is a 1995 graduate of Putnam High School,
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Impaired judgment - Calgary Herald
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Alberta Provincial Court Judge Anne Brown accepted the sentencing recommendation by the Crown prosecutor and defence lawyer to simply fine Dominika Duris $2300 for impaired driving in 2009, even though the 25-year-old was convicted just two months ago
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J. MICHAEL MURRAY - Hornell Evening Tribune
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On July 14, 1978, he was married at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hornell to the former Bonnie Anne Brown, who survives. Mike grew up in Addison and has resided in Hornell for most of his life. He proudly served his country with the US Army in Vietnam
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Garda Cash Logistics Chief Legal Officier Lori Anne Brown Named 2011 ... - MarketWatch (press release)
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MONTREAL, QUEBEC, Aug 16, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Garda Cash Logistics, America's premium provider and a subsidiary of Garda World Security Corporation, /quotes/zigman/22644 CA:GW -0.52% (Garda), one of the leading Cash Logistics,
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It Ain't Necessarily 'Porgy' - New York Times
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Left, Todd Duncan and Anne Brown in the title roles of the 1935 production of “Porgy and Bess"; right, Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald, who play the roles in a new version being staged by the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass
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Eureka hires new city manager - Bloomington Pantagraph
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EUREKA -- East Peoria native Melissa Anne Brown was hired as the new Eureka city manager Monday by the City Council. Brown was picked from 55 candidates interviewed to replace Anne Sandvik, who will retire Oct. 31. She will start training with Sandvik
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First Saturday Art Crawl celebrates fifth anniversary - The Tennessean
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submitted While rooting around for things to include in her gallery's Avant Garage art sale, The Arts Company's Anne Brown came across a four-page brochure from 1999 touting a monthly third Sunday art event. Brown's Sunday Art Matinee eventually
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Riviera Beach shooting Saturday morning leaves a 17-year-old female dead - WPTV
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“At this point we don't know if it's youth violence,” Riviera Beach Police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said. “We don't know reason for this young lady being dead other than someone shot her. “ After finding out news that the girl was killed,
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A world gone mobile - Seacoastonline.com
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Salina McIntire, left, membership manager for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Mark Miller, senior account manager for Axis Business Solutions, and Anne Brown, of Daystar show off their communication devices. These technology professionals
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Missing Riviera Beach girl, 14, returns home unharmed - Palm Beach Post
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Thursday morning, she returned to her mother's house in West Palm Beach, said police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown. Torres stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 150 to 160 pounds and appears more mature than her age, the release said
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CBJ: Personnel File - The Daily Progress
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By Daily Progress Staff Reports » At the annual college in-service symposium, National College recognized Anne Brown and John Donohue as outstanding employees of the year for the Charlottesville campus, and Paul Wellen was honored for his 15 years of
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Lost, Barking and Injured Dogs - Patch.com
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Kerry Anne Brown, 21, of 55 Bellevue Road was arrested on behalf of another department on Saturday, June 25 at 1:35 pm at 200 Paradise Road. No information was available on the charge Brown faces
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Keeping it all in NN2 family - Northampton Chronicle & Echo
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Creche worker Sarah Robinson (centre) and information officer Lesley-Anne Brown (left) pictured with children at the Kingsthorpe Children's Centre who are having their annual play day in August. A FUN day to encourage children's play and to bring
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New Milford High's Class of 2011 - Housatonic Times
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Paige Allison Brodeur, Kelsey Marie Brofford, Matthew David Brook, Holly Anne Brown, John Francis Burns III, Rebecca Ann Burton, Evan Lane Caldwell, Danielle Nicole Cambareri, Jhony Paul Cambisaca, Joselyng Paola Cambisaca, Nicole Elizabeth Cammett,
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Alleged hit-and-run driver and her victim both face charges - The Salem News
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According to police, Kerry Anne Brown, 21, of 55 Bellevue Road, Swampscott, struck Steven Nassor, 28, of 354 Broadway St., Lynn, as he walked down the middle of Loring Avenue at 1:05 am The impact sent him at least 10 feet into the air, and Brown drove
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Lawyer Snapshot: Sally Anne Brown - Jacksonville Daily Record
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I was asked to serve on the Roast committee for PAL's premiere annual fundraiser, the Sheriff's Roast, after which I was asked to serve on PAL's board of directors. As one of the younger board members, I was given the opportunity to spearhead PAL's new
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 96
    She resided in Oslo up until her death in 2009 at age ninety-six.
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  • 2000
    Age 87
    In 2000, she was awarded Norway's Council of Cultures Honorary Award.
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  • 1999
    Age 86
    She was also made an honorary citizen of Baltimore in 1999.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1955
    Age 42
    Her career as a singer was cut short, however, due to problems with asthma; she no longer sang professionally after 1955. (She sang at the Teatro Colón in October 1955.) At this point, she embarked on a second career as a voice teacher.
    More Details Hide Details Among her students were the famous soprano Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, actress Liv Ullmann, ballad singer and former Minister of Culture, Åse Kleveland, jazz singer Karin Krog. and opera singer Trond Halstein Moe. Brown also staged several operas in France and Norway. Brown was a guest of honor at the gala opening of the Oslo Opera House on April 12, 2008.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1945
    Age 32
    She also sang Bess for the Decca Records album Selections from George Gershwin's folk opera Porgy and Bess and sang some of Bess's music in an appearance in the 1945 Gershwin biography film Rhapsody in Blue.
    More Details Hide Details Brown toured Europe as a concert artist from 1942 to 1948. Brown said that she left the United States because of continued racial prejudice. As she told The New York Times in 1998, "We tough girls tough it out. I've lived a strange kind of life—half black, half white, half isolated, half in the spotlight. Many things that I wanted as a young person for my career were denied to me because of my color". She also noted, regarding her light complexion, "Though there is no place on earth without prejudice. In fact, a French journalist wrote an article during one of my tours there asking: 'Why does she say she is colored? She's as white as any singer. It's just a trick to get people interested.' Can you imagine? Of course I was advertised as 'a Negro soprano.' What is 'a Negro soprano'?" She also stated that she felt her singing was better received in Europe because she mainly sang works by European composers, such as Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and Mahler.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1942
    Age 29
    Brown sang Bess in several revivals of Porgy and Bess during this time, including the 1942 Broadway revival.
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  • 1937
    Age 24
    After her appearance as the first Bess, Brown returned to Broadway in the 1937 musical revue Pins and Needles.
    More Details Hide Details This was later followed by an appearance in the 1939 Broadway play Mamba's Daughters in the roles of Gardenia and the "Lonesome Walls" Singer.
  • 1935
    Age 22
    Brown took part of opera history when she sang Bess for the world premiere of Porgy and Bess at the Colonial Theatre in Boston on September 30, 1935 – the try-out for a work intended initially for Broadway where the opening took place at the Alvin Theater in New York City on October 10, 1935.
    More Details Hide Details The production was directed by Rouben Mamoulian and ran on Broadway for 124 performances. Olin Downes in The New York Times praised Brown's performance as "a high point of interpretation." Critical responses to the work were mixed; some reviewers were uncertain as to whether or not Porgy was a folk opera, musical comedy, jazz drama, or something completely different. Others expressed concerns over the use of "negro stereotypes". Brown said, "My father was very displeased. He thought that those were the old cliches of black people – dope peddlers, near-prostitutes; he especially didn't like his daughter showing her legs and all that. I thought that DuBose Heyward and Gershwin had simply taken a part of life in Catfish Row, South Carolina, and rendered it superbly." Following the show's run on Broadway, a United States tour started on January 27, 1936 in Philadelphia and traveled to Pittsburgh and Chicago before ending in Washington, D.C. on March 21, 1936. During the Washington run, the cast—as led by Todd Duncan— protested segregation at the theater. Brown said of her role in the protest, "I told them: 'I will not sing at the National. If my mother, my father, my friends, if black people cannot come hear me sing, then count me out.' I remember Gershwin saying to me, 'You're not going to sing?' And I said to him, 'I can't sing!'" Eventually management gave in to the demands, resulting in the first integrated audience for a performance of any show at the National Theatre.
  • 1933
    Age 20
    In 1933, she was a second-year graduate student at Juilliard.
    More Details Hide Details She learned that George Gershwin was going to compose an opera about African Americans in South Carolina. She decided to write him a letter, which led to Gershwin's secretary calling her to come and sing for him. After singing several classical arias and the spiritual "A City Called Heaven" for Gershwin, Brown was frequently invited by the composer to come down and sing parts of the opera for him as he was composing the work's music. As a result, the role of Bess grew from a secondary character, like it was in DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy, to one of the opera's leading roles. Brown recalled that: "Gershwin would telephone and say, 'I've finished up to page 33 or so. Come down; I want you to sing it. When can you come down?' 'When I get out of school today,' I would say. I'd always start off singing "Summertime". I loved it so. Then I would sing whatever he had written since the last time I'd been there, whatever the roles might be – sometimes I even sang Sportin' Life, sometimes we sang duets together. I knew that opera before I went onstage, not only the songs. I wound up playing about 500 performances in the original and then the 1942 revival. I can tell you what every instrument played. Finally, in our last days of rehearsals in New York before heading up to Boston for previews, George took me to lunch. 'Come on,' he said, 'I'm going to buy you an orange juice.'
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Born
    Born on August 9, 1912.
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