Herbert Hoover was the first president to invite artists to perform in the White House.
In 1938 Steinways replaced the 1903 piano with a 9’7″ instrument that is still in use today.
Vladimir Horowitz played it for the first time in April 1942.
These items from his concert were broadcast and recorded:
Schubert/Tausig: Marche Militaire in D-flat major, Op.51 No.1 (Edited by Horowitz)
Brahms: Waltz in A-flat major, Op.39 No.15
Horowitz: Variations on a Theme from Bizet’s Carmen
Video courtesy of Mikhail Kaykov