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WNYC announcer describes the parade festivities in front of City Hall honoring Van Cliburn, who has just given a concert at Carnegie Hall after winning a piano the International Tchaikovsky Award in Russia.
Commissioner Patterson addresses the crowd and the National Anthem is played.
After the benediction, the United Nations singers perform an unnamed song.
Robert W. Dowling speaks about a collection of messages collected for Mr. Cliburn from groups in New York City.
Patterson acknowledges notable guests in the audience.
Dowling introduces the Russian conductor by speaking Russian.
Mayor Wagner speaks about music education in New York and in Texas.
Van Cliburn thanks the audience and talks about the importance of music to him. "Music is a language and message we can all enjoy."
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 8336