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Three Hours in Dallas: Film Premiere with Live Musical Score

November 21, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Three Hours in Dallas: Film Premiere with Live Musical Score

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | Reception 6 p.m. | Program 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and include a wine reception


Join us for the world premiere of “Three Hours in Dallas,” an original musical composition scored to accompany an all-new compilation of historic motorcade film footage. Written by award-winning composer Jesus Martinez and performed by a percussion ensemble from Arlington’s Sam Houston High School, this unique immersive experience exemplifies President Kennedy’s affinity for the arts.


Linking the arts to the historic events of November 22, 1963, this cross-generational project spans 56 years. The composer was born in 1987, and the performers were born in the early 2000s. The film score is meant to link sound effects and synchronized sound to specific scenes that will captivate the audience and create the sensation of personally witnessing the events of November 22, 1963. As President Kennedy himself said, “We must never forget…that art is not a form of propaganda…it is a form of truth.”



About Jesus Martinez

With a master’s degree in Music Composition from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from University of Texas at Arlington, Jesus Martinez has served as Composer-in-Residence for both the Alabama Orchestra Association and the Irving Symphony Orchestra. While at SMU, he studied primarily with composer Dr. Robert Frank and developed a special interest in film scoring and new music ensembles.


Martinez was commissioned to score the film “Mystery of Birds,” which premiered in Houston in 2011 and was selected to screen at the Los Angeles Black Film Festival. In 2012, the film won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Film by an African Living Abroad. Also in 2011, Martinez presented his 34-minute world premiere of “Threnody for 9/11 for Mixed Chamber Ensemble,” which received accolades in Texas print and broadcast media and a resolution in his name issued by the Texas State Legislature. Martinez scored the 2013 film “Take the Spotlight,” which premiered at four film festivals in Texas, Arkansas and Georgia, winning awards for best film and best director.


Most recently, Martinez composed “The Sixth Floor,” which premiered at the 30th anniversary of The Sixth Floor Museum on February 18, 2019.








This program is part of a special four-day series commemorating the anniversary of the assassination.


Purchase a series ticket at a special value of $56. Series ticket includes all four programs and admission to the permanent exhibit John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation on Friday, November 22.


  • The Last Days of Lee Harvey Oswald: A Conversation with Ruth Paine | Tuesday, November 19
  • Toward a Psychological Understanding of Lee Oswald, Assassin | Wednesday, November 20
  • Three Hours in Dallas: Film Premiere with Live Musical Score | Thursday, November 21
  • 56th Anniversary Program: Living History with Bill Mercer | Friday, November 22


November 21, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.