The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Reaction to JFK's Assassination Is Chilling
  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013

  • Posted by: Matt Howard

If it wasn't already brought to your attention through television conspiracy theory specials all week, today marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. As someone born two decades prior to his death, I admittedly never fully grasped the enormity of this horrible event, as my knowledge of this moment in history has been shrouded by its uncertainty and plot speculation. Today, however, I was finally offered a small sample of emotional understanding through the audio clip below, which captures the moment when Conductor Erich Leinsdorf announced the death of J.F.K. to an audience at Boston's Symphony Hall. According to the description, librarians pulled orchestral parts to Beethoven's "Eroica" funeral march from the shelves and brought them down to the stage door, and Leinsdorf led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a work in tribute to the nation's fallen leader.

Listen to this amazingly chilling moment in American history below:

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