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the Inaugural concert, and he asked me to be his cochairman.
The Inaugural concert is going to have Van Cliburn and Isaac
Stern play, and Tod Duncan and a well-known woman sing, and
Howard Mitchell, the head of the Washington Symphony orchestra, is going to conduct.
We have decided to have Constitution Hall decorated with really
very beautiful bunting, and to give red and white carnations to
everyone that comes to the concert, in the hope of making the
hall look gay.
That's your touch, the red and white carnations?
Yes. And the background of the orchestra is going
to be a light blue, which it never was before, and there will be
some decorations on the stage which I hope will look pretty.
After that, the Fortases and I are going to give
big reception and dance in the reception rooms at the
State Department, with the people that entertained at the Kennedy
Cater, and the Cabinet, and everyone -- you know, heads of the
federal government and theleading Congressmen and Senators, in
honor of the Cliburns and Sterns and the other musicians.
So, we will see how that all comes out.
It's appropriate for the Texan to be one of the --
Yes. Well, that is just what I discussed with her
about the possibilities of making the Inaugural a memorable
one. I wanted especially to have beautifully designed, beautiful
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