Music: New Friends

Musical Jeremiahs have long wailed about high prices which keep music from the plain people, draw only the rich who come not to hear but to be seen. Not less sour is their estimate of the "virtuoso system" which rewards performers for their fine airs or interesting eccentricities, pays scant attention to their musicianship. Last spring bright, aggressive Ira Arthur Hirschmann, vice president of New York's smart Saks Fifth Avenue department store, snapped: "It's about time somebody threw the circuses out of the concert halls!"

Young Mr. Hirschmann banded together a non-profit...

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