Music: Chicago's Plight

Musical Chicagoans were scurrying around last week trying to raise the $500,000 necessary to insure another season of opera when suddenly a sterner blow struck them. Opera in Chicago has often been in a precarious way financially. But last week it was the Symphony which sent out an unexpected distress call, announced that it would suspend concerts next year unless a sufficient guarantee could be raised in advance.

Chicago was thunderstruck. Its symphony orchestra, third oldest in the U. S.,* has always appeared to be built on solid rock. Fathered by 50...

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