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President Kennedy Compliments Youth Orchestra

Aug. 6, 1962 - President Kennedy told an audience of young concertgoers today that symphonic music had a great hold on the affections of the nation. The President delivered his lesson in music appreciation shortly before the start of a concert given on the south lawn of the White House by the 103-piece National High School Symphony Orchestra of the National Music Camp of Interlochen, Mich. Mr. Kennedy missed the concert because he had work to do, but he left his office door open and heard snatches of the music. Once or twice he popped his head out of the door to look at the colorful scene. The President took piano lessons at the age of 8 or 9 but gave up on the advice of his teacher, White House sources later revealed.


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