THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA CELEBRATES 30th ANNIVERSARY
Photo Credit: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Thirty years ago, on Presidents Day, The Sixth Floor opened the exhibit “John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation,” located on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository building. Developed primarily for audiences who lived through the events of November 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, this powerful exhibit continues to captivate multi-generational audiences from all over the globe.
On Monday, February 18, the Museum will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the premiere of a special musical commission by Texas composer Jesus Martinez.
Entitled “The Sixth Floor,” the work is a tribute to both the Museum’s anniversary and the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated fifty-five years ago.
“Integral to our mission is offering meaningful programming experiences that link the past to the present and future,” said Nicola Longford, chief executive officer. “This new series is inspired by Kennedy’s challenge for boundless creativity, innovation and discovery; uniting arts and culture with science and technology; and the exploration of frontiers yet to be imagined.”
Arranged in three movements, “Sniper’s Perch,” “A Nation in Crisis” and “The Legacy,” Martinez’s composition is a stirring journey from the darkest days of 1963 to a deeper understanding of the enduring relevance of President Kennedy, and a call to imagine what lies beyond.
The composition will be performed by The Julius Quartet, currently serving as the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Where: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza | 411 Elm Street, Dallas.
When: Presidents Day concert – Monday, Feb. 18 | Pre-concert reception, 6pm | Program, 7pm
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