History

30 years ago today: 'Rhapsody in Blue' in the Coliseum


1984-opening-ceremony.jpgDuring the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic Games, on July 28, 1984, a dramatic moment came when 84 grand pianos appeared in the peristyle of the Coliseum and began to play "Rhapsody in Blue." "Actual gasps from the crowd," Jim McKay said on ABC. All the performers were men, which the organizers justified by saying that each piano player symbolized composer George Gershwin.

Bonus track: The Olympic Fanfare, written by John Williams for the Los Angeles games.



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