Music: Women on Their Own

While brickbats were still being hurled at the Chicago City Opera (see above) an occasion arose this week for critics to give honest praise to a Chicago musical venture. Its Woman's Symphony Orchestra was about to give a concert to celebrate its tenth-Anniversary season. It could rightfully command respect for performances that beg no indulgence because the players are female.

The best U. S. woman's orchestra owes its existence to Lillian Poenisch, a fiery little spinster who plays the clarinet; Adeline Schmidt, a white-haired flutist; and Lois Bichl, a cellist noted for her great...

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