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Symphony Orchestra Concert, Washington, DC

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Aerial view of National Mall and West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C. showing the rear of Lincoln Memorial and steps to Potomac River in foreground, Washington Monument in center and U.S. Capitol in background.
Photo: U.S. Navy Chief Photographer's Mate Johnny Bivera. 23 Nov 2005


Washington Symphony Orchestra concert on Potomac River by steps behind Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC. 12 July 1939. Photo: Library of Congress

On 12 July 1939, the first of a series of summer concerts by the Washington Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Hans Kindler was held on a barge moored in the Potomac River by the steps behind Lincoln Memorial. To give it his blessing and to enjoy the music, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt arrived shortly before intermission accompanied by Brig. Genl. Edwin M. Watson, military aide, and Mrs. Watson. In 1965 the concerts were discontinued owing to jets having commenced flying northeast from [Ronald Reagan] National Airport. It was noisy. However, current jets are comparatively quiet.

If at all it is possible to hold a concert at this location, this will be the first choice of venue. Details of event including funding are to be planned.

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