WASHINGTON, DC - - The President and Mrs. Clinton are hosting His Excellency President Jiang Zemin and Madame Wang Yeping at a White House State Dinner on Wednesday, October 29, 1997. President Jiang and Madame Wang will arrive at the North Portico at 7:15 p.m..
Guests will be received by the President and Mrs. Clinton, and President Jiang and Madame Wang in the Cross Hall of the White House. Following the receiving line, the President and Mrs. Clinton will escort President Jiang and Madame Wang into the East Room for dinner.
102997.jpg The tables in the East Room will be set with Eisenhower gold base plates; the Franklin Delano Roosevelt china will be used for service. Kennedy Morgantown crystal and vermeil flatware will be set on soft gold damask tablecloths. The crystal candelabra centerpieces will be surrounded by skyline roses, apricot roses, ambiance roses, and snow berries with gold tapir candles.
Following the dinner, guests will be entertained in the pavilion on the South Lawn by the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Selections will include Bernstein's overture to Candide, Anderson's Saraband, Gershwin's An American in Paris, Copland's "Hoe-down" from Rodeo, and Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever.
At the conclusion of the entertainment, the President and Mrs. Clinton will escort President Jiang and Madame Wang to the South Drive for their departure.
STATE DINNER MENU
OCTOBER 29, 1997
Chilled Lobster with Corn Leek Relish
Marinated Butternut Squash
Pepper Crusted Oregon Beef
Salad of Mache, Endive and Arugula
Orange Blossom Surprise
The National Symphony Orchestra is generally recognized as one of the world's finest orchestras. The National Symphony regularly performs for presidential inaugurations and leads the nation in its annual Independence Day celebrations with outdoor concerts on the lawn of the Capitol. Since 1986, the National Symphony Orchestra has been the artistic affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Leonard Slatkin, the NSO's fifth musical director, is widely acknowledged as one of today's finest conductors. The Orchestra's first recording under Mr. Slatkin's direction, a disc of the music of John Corigliano, recently won a Grammy for Best Classical Album.
State and Official Dinners
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