Music: Cleveland's Change

For 15 years the history of the Cleveland Orchestra was chiefly made by three people: John Long Severance, its chief patron; Mrs. Adella Prentiss Hughes, its manager, who first convinced Cleveland that it wanted an orchestra; and Con ductor Nikolai Sokoloff who assembled the musicians, trained them from scratch. Peak of the first 15 years came in 1931 when John Severance gave the Orchestra a $2,500,000-home of its own. Most of his oil & steel fortune was lost not long after that. He could no longer go on contributing largely to the Orchestra's...

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