Music: Symphonies For Fun

It was an excellent concert, but not a single admission ticket was sold. None of the 100-odd musicians got paid a cent, not even the conductor. On the contrary, every one of them had to pay 25¢. The Rehearsal Symphony, which meets twice a month in a Los Angeles auditorium, is the only U.S. orchestra of professional caliber which plays unpaid, almost unheard—in short, strictly for fun.

The Symphony's membership (it ranges from 65 to no) is made up of skilled men from cinema studio orchestras, plus a few radio and Los Angeles Philharmonic players. In its year and a half of...

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