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Remembering President Kennedy and the National Symphony Orchestra Before the Kennedy Center Opening
The National Symphony Orchestra performed at D.A.R. Constitution Hall prior to the opening of the Kennedy Center. Read about President Kennedy's connection to the Orchestra and see an advertisement from The Washington Post, printed on November 22nd, 1963.
Washington turns out for open air music. Washington, D.C., July 12, 1939. Sitting on stone steps near the Lincoln Memorial here, and facing a barge moored in the Potomac River, thousands of Washingtonians turned out to listen to the first of a series of summer concerts by the Washington Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Hans Kindler tonight. To give it his blessing and to enjoy the music, President Roosevelt arrived shortly before intermission accompanied by Brig. Genl. Edwin M. Watson, military aide, and Mrs. Watson (Library of Congress)
Concerts on the Watergate Steps
Discover the lesser-known history of D.C.'s iconic Watergate steps, which once resonated with the melodies of the Watergate concerts. From grand visions of dignitary arrivals to captivating symphonies by the Potomac, explore the steps' transformation through time.

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