The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration Opening Concert
On the 50th anniversary of his inauguration, the Kennedy Center presents a special Opening Night Celebration paying tribute to the artistic legacy of President John F. Kennedy with the NSO, American Ballet Theatre, and more.
- Thu., Jan. 20, 2011, 7:00 PM
- Concert Hall
- $49.00 - $150.00
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This star-studded evening opens the Kennedy Center's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Special guests and performers pay tribute to the lasting legacy made by our 35th president to the performing arts.
Hosted by Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols, the evening includes appearances and performances by Harolyn Blackwell, Herbie Hancock with Jack DeJohnette and Esperanza Spalding, Yo-Yo Ma, The Manzari Brothers, Terrence McNally, Lorne Michaels, Paul Simon, and others. Additionally, American Ballet Theatre will perform The Dying Swan. Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Music Director Christoph Eschenbach will conduct the NSO in the world premiere composition by Peter Lieberson with narration by Morgan Freeman titled Remembering JFK: An American Elegy. The work was commissioned by the Kennedy Center and includes text taken from President Kennedy's speeches and writings.
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The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration is the 2011 Rubenstein Program and is made possible through the generosity of David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Altria Group, Constance Milstein de La Haye St. Hilaire and Jehan-Christophe de La Haye St. Hilaire, Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Grace and Morton Bender, and David Gregory and Beth Wilkinson.