Music: Court Pianist

On stage in Washington's Constitution Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra was playing the first number. In his dressing room, 27-year-old Eugene List nervously paced up & down. A secret-service man knocked on the door. "Would you like to see the Boss?" he asked.

Pianist List was led to the Presidential Box, shook hands with Harry Truman. He bowed to Mrs. Truman and the ten ladies of her Independence, Mo. Tuesday Bridge Club (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS). Then he walked on stage, played a serviceable if somewhat flashy Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. Said he, afterwards: "My foot shook on the pedals....

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