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Summary

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens. The opening performance took place in the Opera House, with Bernstein's "Mass." The Concert Hall opened the following night with a special performance of the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Eisenhower Theater opened on October 18, 1971 with a presentation of Ibsen's "A Doll's House." Officially a bureau of the Smithsonian, the Center is administered by its own board of trustees.

Subject

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Ripley Chronology says JFKC was completed in 1970.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1971, p. 134
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology"

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

September 8, 1971

Topic

  • Architecture
  • Openings
  • Entertainers
  • Affiliated corporations
  • New Bureaus
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • Buildings
  • Performing arts

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