When Kennedy Died, How Did the Boston Symphony React?

Conductor - Boston Symphony Orchestra

On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, the Boston Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to perform in concert.But then word arrived that President John F. Kennedy had been killed.  Conductor Erich Leinsdorf quickly changed the program:  Instead of their planned concert, he distributed sheet music for the Funeral March from Beethoven’s third symphony, explaining to his musicians that they would be playing this instead of the piece which had been scheduled.And then the conductor stood on the sta … [Read more...]