Music: Merger Off

In the same swift, magical way that he has when he waves his baton, Arturo Toscanini last week decided the musical issue which has confronted Manhattan all autumn. A merger of the Philharmonic-Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera seemed practically assured when word came from Milan that the Maestro disapproved it. In less than 24 hours the plan was dropped.

Hot dinner-table arguments had raged for and against the alliance. Those who favored it claimed such a merger would solve the financial difficulties besetting both organizations. By moving into the Metropolitan the...

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