New York City’s Kennedy Center and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are among a group of American orchestras that have cancelled performances in the coming weeks in order to mourn the loss of the US President.
The decision to cancel shows comes as many in America mourn the death last week of JFK, who was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, and died days later in Dallas’ Texas Memorial Coliseum.
The American public mourns the loss on a regular basis, as do millions of Americans across the world.
John F. Kennedy, the world’s longest-serving president, died on November 23, 1963 in Dallas.
A day after his death, JFK was shot to death at the Texas Memorial in Dallas by Jack Ruby, who later admitted he planned the assassination.
“We can never stop being in shock and grief, but we can at least celebrate the fact that we are not the only one,” said John C. Crenshaw, the Boston director of the Kennedy Center.
“It’s a wonderful thing to be able to have that kind of a time together and let everyone come together.”
He said that while there was no way to say when the performances would resume, he hoped they would not.
“I hope it’s a time when everyone is united in remembering this extraordinary man who led us to greatness,” he said.
The Kennedy Center said in a statement that it was working to reopen as soon as possible.
“The Kennedy Center is grateful to our friends and fans, who have helped us bring this moment to life,” the statement said.
“There are no immediate plans for the future of our events.
We look forward to returning to our normal operations, which are always free and open to the public.”
The American National Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which had cancelled performances a week ago, said they were working to resume them, as did the Metropolitan Opera.
The New York Philharmonic announced in a tweet that it would continue to hold performances on October 30, the day of Kennedy’s death.
In his speech, President Barack Obama said, “John F. JFK was the most important man I have ever known.
I am deeply saddened to have lost the most beloved president of our time.”
President Donald Trump, in his first speech as president, said that the assassination was “one of the most tragic events of our age”.
“He was an unmitigated genius and a brilliant man who loved the United States of America,” Trump said.
It was the second assassination attempt against the president, the first coming in 1973 when a man with a machete attacked him at the US Capitol.
Trump said he was “very sorry” for the deaths of the three Americans who died and said his administration would work with law enforcement to “get to the bottom of what happened”.
Trump’s first reaction to the news of the cancellations came from Twitter, with the President tweeting: “Sad to hear that @BoschKellogg & @TheCityMusic are pulling out of the upcoming @KellogsKell.
They were always a great company & always had a tremendous impact on my life.
On Monday, he also took to Twitter to express his condolences, writing: “This is a very sad day for Boston.
Great Symphony is canceling all shows in honor of JFK & will be performing at all venues on October 31.”
Earlier in the day, the New York Times published an article that claimed the city’s mayor had told concert-goers that the Kennedy Centre had already decided not to hold any shows on October 28.
The Times said the announcement came as the mayor had been meeting with representatives of the American Association of University Professors.
“He had asked them if they were willing to move forward with the concerts scheduled for October 28,” the Times said.
In the statement, the Kennedy Institute said the cancellation “reflects the profound and profound sadness and regret at the loss and tragic loss of our great president”.
“The loss of such a talented man has caused us profound grief and sadness,” the institute said.
A spokeswoman for Boston Symphony said the orchestra had decided to cancel all performances in response to the events of the past few weeks.
“With the election of President Trump, we must now recommit ourselves to doing what we can to ensure that every American can have a meaningful life,” said the spokeswoman, Karen Loesch.
“That includes taking steps to ensure the safety of those who have been impacted by the election and the Trump administration.”
US President Donald J. Trump holds a brief news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017.
Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais US President Joe Biden was among the first world leaders to pay tribute to JFK on Sunday, a day after he called for the “removal of any and all remaining vestiges of the failed policies of the previous administration”.
Biden said the country had seen the death and “the loss of a great man”.
“I am deeply