Mikhail Baryshnikov, Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians, Judith Jamison and Marilyn Horne are among the artists who will be performing at four invitation-only concerts the Sunday before Ronald Reagan's swearing-in, inaugural committee officials announced yesterday.
They said also that ABC-TV has agreed to sell them two hours of time the night of Jan. 19, to televise a "Gala" concert produced by Frank Sinatra at the Capital Centre. The nearly $1 million cost of this event will be paid for by sales of tickets priced at $50 to $150 as well as the sale of commercials at $250,000 a minute, said committee co-chairman Charles Z. Wick.
Johnny Carson will emcee the program, which will feature Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Debby Boone, Glen Campbell, Ben Vereen, Ethel Merman, Charlton Heston and a number of other stars.
Tickets for the other three concerts, to be held at the Kennedy Center, range from $50 each to $800 for a box seating four people, with proceeds going to the inaugural committee to help pay for Reagan's inaugural festivities, which at this point include the "Gala," a series of receptions, free concerts and fireworks as well as the usual parade and evening of balls the day of his swearing-in, Jan. 20. The inaugural committee must raise most of the money to pay for events other than the swearing-in, the only constitutionally required program on the agenda.
In addition to the invitation-only concerts at the Kennedy Center, Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians will perform a "farewell" concert at Dar Constitution Hall that Sunday afternoon before the inaugural committee says will be the orchestra's last public performance. Invitations are required to purchase tickets for this concert, as well as for a Beach Boys concert at the same hall Jan. 19. "We expect to have a lot of young voters there particularly," Wick said.
Forty thousand invitations to buy tickets to these events have been mailed out, allocated according to state populations, he added. "We don't expect to have trouble selling out all these events," he said.
People who donate more than $50 per ticket for the Kennedy Center concerts will be invited to a "candlelight supper" before or after the concerts.Reagan, his wife Nancy, Vice President-elect George Bush and his wife Barbara will appear on the stages of the Opera House, Concert Hall and Eisenhower Theater during the intermissions of the different concerts.
Martin Feinstein, general director of the Washington Opera Society, is producing the three concerts, with the help of Broadway director Donald Sadler and Charles Wadsworth of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Feinstein said that the programs will be under two hours each, but but none have been finalized yet.
Other artists who will be performing include dancers Natalia Makarova, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martens and members of the New York City Ballet, pianist Rudolph Serkin and the National Symphony Orchestra, directed by Mstislav Rostropovich and conductor Lorin Maazel, who will also play the violin in the chamber music concert with his wife, pianist Israela Margalit.
All the artists will be working for expenses only, including travel and lodging.
A variety of free events, ranging from dances at all three local airports and Union Station the Saturday before the inauguration to a concert of Japanese koto music will be held between Friday night and Monday, Wick said.