It was a typical Philadelphia Orchestra program on Friday, November 22, 1963.
Before taking the stage of the Academy of Music at 2 PM, however, the musicians had been told that President Kennedy had been shot—but nothing further was known.
And so Maestro Eugene Ormandy and the Orchestra launched into Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Alerted by an offstage signal, Ormandy halted the performance. The Orchestra manager informed the audience of the awful news. The president had been assassinated.