No one had to ask if there was a doctor in the house Saturday night at the Kennedy Center when longtime National Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Robert Genovese fainted. "A fleet of doctors" in the sold-out hall rushed to his assistance, according to NSO spokeswoman Patricia O'Kelly -- including the conductor. Italian guest conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli, who also is an MD, was into the final eight minutes of Mahler's nearly one-hour First Symphony, the evening's finale, when Genovese collapsed on stage.

Genovese was taken to George Washington Hospital and examined, but not admitted. Doctors attributed the collapse to a flu bug that has hit his family. The symphony continued the piece after Genovese's departure.

O'Kelly said that "an usher took {the physicians'} names. We're planning to invite them to another event, and we hope they can spend the night in peace."

Rosa Parks Honored

Rosa Parks, who helped touch off the civil rights movement when she refused to give up her Montgomery, Ala., bus seat in 1955, was at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library last night for the library's 1988 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards Gala. Library Director Hardy Franklin presented Parks and three other honorees -- attorney Wiley A. Branton Sr., Washington Post Publisher Donald E. Graham and library board president John C. Hazel -- with bronze medallions bearing the likenesses of King and the library. A fifth recipient, Rep. Julian Dixon (D-Calif.), was in California and sent a representative in his stead. Library spokeswoman Elin Jones said Parks told the more than 500 in attendance that she "plans to keep a positive attitude for a better world which all people can enjoy."

Paul Kirk's Cozy 50th

Paul G. Kirk Jr. must be pleased that he has so many friends. About 600 people want to spend $500 each to help the Democratic National Committee chairman celebrate his 50th birthday Wednesday.

The DNC is capitalizing on the timing of Kirk's milestone birthday by sponsoring a fundraiser to mark the event. It sent out a few hundred invitations, urging Democrats to join in a cozy celebration with "a couple hundred of Kirk's closest friends." But it received such an overwhelming response that it moved the event from the Madison Hotel to the Capital Hilton, and sent a second mailing to say Kirk had apparently "made a few more friends in the last 50 years than we thought."

Among the Democratic leaders expected are Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, whose city will host the party's July convention, Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd and House Speaker Jim Wright.

Record Turnout for Turner

Even when accompanied by 100 samba dancers in feathers and sequins, Tina Turner held the spotlight at a concert before 180,000 people in a Rio de Janeiro soccer stadium Saturday. The 48-year-old entertainer donned three different miniskirts and a pair of strategically torn jeans for the concert, which promoters say broke the world attendance record Frank Sinatra set in the stadium in 1980. For those who wouldn't or couldn't pack into the stadium, Folha, one of the city's newspapers, printed close-up photos of Turner's famous legs.

Redford's Soviet Coup

Robert Redford typifies the American dream for many women, but how would he go over in the Soviet Union? The 50-year-old actor and director may find out this spring, thanks to the Soviet Filmmakers Union's invitation to screen his films there.

"I am going," Redford said at a Saturday news conference. The invitation is believed to be the first of its kind for an American actor, one he calls "very flattering." Redford has been asked to bring four to eight films to three Soviet republics, perhaps during the national May Day celebrations, but there is no decision yet on which movies he'll take. The success of the trip could pave the way for more invitations to American actors to visit the Soviet Union -- but probably not to Sylvester Stallone.