Music: Lakme in Washington

At 8:15 one night last week 1,500 Washingtonians settled themselves in Constitution Hall to hear a performance of Lakmé by the National Opera Association. When nothing seemed to happen after half an hour, the audience began to clap, stomp, demand explanations. Another fruitless hour passed. Then a plump little woman with disheveled white hair appeared before the curtain, waved a piece of paper, cried: "This is the most terrible thing that has ever happened in the history of music. I have a check to pay the musicians but they refuse to take it....

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