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Mozart and Ice Cream at the White House With the First Lady

Feb. 7, 1962 - Teenagers from 64 countries crowded into the White House today for an afternoon of Mozart with ice cream, cookies, and milk. The presentation of Mozart’s comic opera, “Cosi fan tutte,” to children of foreign embassies in Washington was Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy’s idea. Mrs. Kennedy, with daughter Caroline as co-hostess, welcomed the 234 teenagers for an afternoon of fun and music. Mrs. Kennedy entered the East Room of the White House just before the lights were dimmed for the first scene. The opera, more of a love farce for adults than for children, was given a deft performance by five members of the Metropolitan Opera Studio, under the sponsorship of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The singers were accompanied by George Shick at the elaborately carved piano that President Franklin D. Roosevelt designed for the east room during his Administration.


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