"Whereas the (Kennedy Center) Opera House only had to exist (there had been nothing like it in Washington before), the Concert Hall had to prove its worth, and its superiority to the former hall. Further, the much belittled, even maligned National Symphony Orchestra had to pass the hard test of being found worthy to become the resident orchestra of the new Center.
I chose a programme that showed the acoustical properties of the hall in as many different ways as it was possible in one single evening, and also the orchestra's prowess by asking it to master some of the most demanding works in the repertory from classical to contemporary.
Beethoven's Overture, "Consecration of the House"
Mozart's Violin Concerto in G major (K 216) with Isaac Stern as soloist
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
William Schuman's American Song for Tenor Solo Chorus and orchestra
Both the orchestra and the concert hall passed their test brilliantly, and it can be truthfully be added that the success of both became permanent."
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