Julie Andrews, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Paul Simon, et al. Set for The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration Opening Concert
At the center of the concert and the series will be Peter Lieberson's new composition Remembering JFK: An American Elegy. The work will be performed by National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, and feature narration by Morgan Freeman. The piece was commissioned by the Kennedy Center and includes text taken from President Kennedy's speeches and writings. The work will be subsequently performed January 22-24 and paired with Leonard Bernstein's Fanfare for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy.