The Marian Anderson Award has announced the guest artists for its upcoming Award Gala on November 19, 2012, at the Kimmel Center, honoring the Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning actor James Earl Jones. In announcing the program, Award Chair Pamela Browner White noted, "This year we will be honoring an individual who has been part of our cultural landscape for many years—a true American icon, Mr. James Earl Jones.” White continues, “Much like Marian Anderson, Mr. Jones has made vast contributions to American life though his unparalleled range as an actor—from small early roles in landmark films like Dr. Strangelove, to innovative plays like The Great White Hope, and powerful films like Field of Dreams and Cry the Beloved Country—even voicing the character of Mufasa in the Disney animated film The Lion King. He has remained a tremendous presence for decades on the Broadway stage in both classic and innovative performances, and he has also made his mark on television—winning two Grammy Awards in one year (1991) for Gabriel’s Fire and Heatwave, and even stopping bySesame Street to recite the alphabet.
Hosting the 2012 Award Gala is the critically acclaimed actor and Screen Actors Guild Award recipient Terrence Howard. The Philadelphia Orchestra will once again be center stage under the baton of Maestro Cristian Macelaru, and joining the Orchestra as a special guest will be the extraordinary international opera star tenor Lawrence Brownlee. Also appearing on the program is one of the most critically acclaimed actresses before the public today, Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad. Additional guest artists will be announced at a future date.
This year’s Gala Performance, the details of which will be announced at a later date, will be preceded by the annual black-tie Gala Dinner, also at the Kimmel Center, which is a fundraiser for the Marian Anderson Award and its grant programs, which support young artists. Those interested in attending the Gala Dinner, which includes a premium ticket to the Gala Performance, can call the Marian Anderson Award office at 215-893-1837. For concert-only tickets click the buy tickets button or call 215.893.1999.