1/19 Today in Weird Music History: 1973. Leonard Bernstein and Senator Eugene McCarthy organize a concert to counter President-elect Richard Nixon’s inaugural concert. Many saw Nixon’s personal choice of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture as insensitive given the continuing war in Vietnam. Bernstein’s concert presented Haydn’s Mass in Time of War at Washington’s National Cathedral on the exact same day and time as the inaugural concert. 3000 people attended the concert indoors. 12,000 attended the concert, standing in the rain, outside the cathedral.
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