Music: Philadelphia's Solution

For 24 hours last week Philadelphia was faced with the prospect of having no grand opera next season. The New York Metropolitan announced that it could no longer afford its weekly trips there. Philadelphians, it seemed, had been sluggish about contributing to the Metropolitan's life-or-death drive last spring. Day later, however, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association took most of the sting from the Metropolitan's action by announcing that it would put on opera itself, three performances a week during ten of its 30-week season.

Conductor Leopold Stokowski's worst enemies grant him his tremendous...