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May. 07 2013

An Operatic Requiem for a President and an Era

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | Comments Off on An Operatic Requiem for a President and an Era

This November 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Over the past five decades, numerous books, films, TV shows, and other art works have recounted the events of that terrible day and the toll it took on JFK’s family, the nation, and the entire world. This weekend, The Figaro Project and The Spire Series at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church will present the world premiere of Camelot Requiem, an opera that takes an intimate look at the hours immediately following the tragedy from the perspectives of Mrs. Kennedy, Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, and others who were with President Kennedy on that fateful day in Dallas. I spoke with librettist Caitlin Vincent and Joshua Bornfield this week; you can click on the link below to hear the extended, online-only version of our discussion.

Camelot Requiem

JFK Jackie

The Lowenherz Collection of Kennedy Photographs, Friedheim Library, Archives and Special Collections, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University; Orlando Suero, photographer

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