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    Final touches were being put to the John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in?

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    Final touches were being put to the John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington last week, prior to the formal opening on Wednesday (September 8). It has taken five years and more than 65-million dollars to build, and Wednesday's opening performance will be suitably grand -- the world premiere of composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein's "Mass". But as workmen laboured to complete the Centre, it was not known whether President Nixon would attend the opening. Originally, he had given up his place to Mrs. Jackie Onassis, former wife of John Kennedy -- but last week Mrs. Onassis was reported to have withdrawn her attendance. A spokesman for her said she "needed a rest" as a result of previous strenuous social engagements.

    SYNOPSIS: Final touches were being put to the John F. Kennedy Centre for the performing Arts in Washington last week prior to its formal opening on Wednesday. The 65-million-dollar memorial to the late President has taken five years to build, and the opening performance will be suitably grand-- the world premiere of composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein's latest major work "Mass", attended by VIP's from all over the world.

    A bronze bust of the President Kennedy, dominates the entrance to the Opera House, where musicians have been busy rehearsing for the opening. But by the weekend, it was still not known whether President Nixon would be attending on Wednesday night. Originally, he had given up his place to Mrs. Jackie Onassis, former wife of John Kennedy -- but last week Mrs. Onassis announced her withdrawal. A spokesman for her said she "needed a rest" as a result of previous tiring engagements.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7M8CSZK80MU073WPNO4TDGI29
    Media URN:
    VLVA7M8CSZK80MU073WPNO4TDGI29
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/09/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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