Music: Tone-Deaf Concert Manager

The drums of doom and the trumps of wrath sounded last week in Columbia, S. C. While an orchestra in Township Auditorium thumped and surged, soloists and chorus gave tongue to the great Requiem of Giuseppe Verdi. When the long work reached its hushed close, 4,000 people applauded. Few of them had ever heard the like. Next afternoon and evening, they sat down to easier music. Punch-pleased were Columbians by their seventh music festival. And peacock-proud were they of the outfit which had engineered the festival: the town's own Southern Symphony, the only 100% professional outfit in the Southeast.

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