Public Papers of John F. Kennedy, 1961

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Author: John F. Kennedy  | Date: August 28, 1961

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Letter of Commendation Following the Settlement of a Dispute Between the Metropolitan Opera Association and the Orchestra.
August 28, 1961

Gentlemen:

I am extremely pleased that a settlement has been reached in the dispute between the Metropolitan Opera Association and the orchestra, thus assuring a 1961-62 season.

You are to be highly commended for your statesmanship in submitting the issues you have been unable to resolve between yourselves to voluntary and binding arbitration by Secretary of Labor Arthur J. Goldberg, who will serve at your and my request.

By reaching agreement the parties to this dispute have insured that a great cultural resource of the United States will be continued for this season as it has since 1892. The Metropolitan Opera, as a standard of excellence and as a measure of creative vigor in the performing arts for over half a century, has become, through its travels about the United States and Canada, and through its recordings and broadcasts, a truly international institution, without losing its unique identity with the cultural life of New York City.

The Metropolitan Opera is important to the Nation. I am glad we have all found a way for it to continue.
Sincerely,.
JOHN F. KENNEDY

NOTE: This is the text of identical letters addressed to Anthony A. Bliss, President, Metropolitan Opera Association; Herman D. Kenin, President, American Federation of Musicians; and Alfred Manuti, President of Local 802 of the Federation.

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Chicago: John F. Kennedy, "330 Letter of Commendation Following the Settlement of a Dispute Between the Metropolitan Opera Association and the Orchestra.," Public Papers of John F. Kennedy, 1961 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, John F. Kennedy, 1961 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.819 Original Sources, accessed July 23, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VJC2VBZ1WH3IKU.

MLA: Kennedy, John F. "330 Letter of Commendation Following the Settlement of a Dispute Between the Metropolitan Opera Association and the Orchestra." Public Papers of John F. Kennedy, 1961, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, John F. Kennedy, 1961 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.819, Original Sources. 23 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VJC2VBZ1WH3IKU.

Harvard: Kennedy, JF, '330 Letter of Commendation Following the Settlement of a Dispute Between the Metropolitan Opera Association and the Orchestra.' in Public Papers of John F. Kennedy, 1961. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, John F. Kennedy, 1961 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.819. Original Sources, retrieved 23 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VJC2VBZ1WH3IKU.