Music Hall Centennial Anniversary
The year-long Music Hall Centennial Anniversary Celebration peaked in May 1978. On May 5, a concert was held at Music Hall featuring pianist Lorin Hollander. This was also the first day of issue of a special U.S. commemorative postcard. And everyone was invited to attend a formal luncheon in Corbett Tower.
Even 1978 May Festival performances were held in honor of the Centennial. James Levine conducted the five performances in Music Hall, one of which was a Centennial Special presented without orchestra and chorus. Soprano Kathleen Battle performed with James Levine on piano. Featured were Scott Joplin Rags, spirituals and other distinctive American music created during the past one hundred years.
On Sunday, May 28, 1978, a Saengerfest was held in Music Hall to celebrate the structure's 100th anniversary. Music performed at this celebratory song fest included historic choral, classical and a sing-a-long for the entire family. During the intermission, the City's biggest birthday cake was served in the foyer. The following day, a day of music was held in Washington Park.