The Arts of Camelot

1231093862 President Obama appeared at the Kennedy Center tonight to speak at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, with an event featuring Paul Simon (singing “The Sounds of Silence”), Yo-Yo Ma, Terrence McNally, and Herbie Hancock, as well as Morgan Freeman reading excerpt from his speeches during a performance of a new work by Peter Lieberson called, “Remembering JFK: An American Elegy.”

The Kennedy Center has posted an audio mini-documentary on arts in the White House during the Kennedy years. “More concerts, ballets and operas were staged inside the White House for President and Mrs. Kennedy than ever had been before or ever have been since,” the center says. Richard Dreyfuss narrates, and the highlight is excerpts from cellist Pablo Casals’ Nov. 13, 1961 concert at the White House, above.

 

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