Music: Jubilee

The programs at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House were done in gold one night last week. On either side of the stage hung laurel wreaths topped by the dates 1885 and 1935. What happened there in 1885 has long been a matter of history: Dr. Leopold Damrosch was mortally ill with pneumonia and his 23-year-old son saved two performances by conducting for him. Last week Walter Damrosch was in the Metropolitan's pit once more, not to say farewell but to celebrate a golden jubilee.

The handsome white-haired oldster was hailed for what he is:...

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