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Music News and Highlights, 1978

Celebrations

Vladimir Horowitz celebrated the golden jubilee of his U.S. debut with a performance of Sergey Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall in New York, New York, on January 8. Eugene Ormandy conducted the New York Philharmonic for what was also Horowitz's first appearance with an orchestra in a quarter of a century.

Vladimir Horowitz performs at Carnegie Hall.
Vladimir Horowitz in 1978

MusicArmenia '78, an international celebration of Armenian music, was held in London, England, August 6-13, under the auspices of the newly inaugurated Institute of Armenian Music. Musical presentations included settings of the Armenian liturgy by the "father of Armenian music," Komitas Vardaplat, Tjeknavorian's The Life of Christ; and works by Ludwig Bazil, Grant Beglarian, Rouben Gregorian, Alan Hovhaness, Khachaturian, Tigran Mansurian, Ernest Mirzoyan, and Richard Yardumian.

Popular Music

The Electric Light Orchestra played at Wembley in London, England, in June. The elaborate and massive stage set, which cost about $500,000 (250,000) to build, rose 25 feet (7.6 meters) and "floated" above the stage.
Electric Light Orchestra at Wembley

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In the Year 1978

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