White House Richard Nixon Program Harkness Ballet

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  • Item Category: Fraternal, Political, Organizations
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 08, 2006
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You are bidding on a Nixon Special Event held on the South Lawn on July 29, 1970. The "Harkness Ballet" was preformed for 1100 children from the "Summer In the Parks" program, hosted by Julie Eisenhower. The Artistic Director, Rebekah Harkness founded the Harkness Ballet in 1964. Mrs. Harkness mostly toured abroad, in the great theaters of Europe, to great acclaim, giving its dancers and choreographers a cosmopolitan experience unknown to their American colleagues. The Choreographer, Ben Stevenson, is recently known as the Artistic Director for the Houston Ballet. The Conductor was Samuel Krachmalnick a prominent American conductor who taught at the University of Washington. Mr. Krachmalnick won three Emmy Awards for his musical direction of Carlisle Floyd's opera "Markheim" for PBS.

This comes from the Sanford L. Fox collection who headed the social office at the White House Kennedy-Ford