Music: Concerto in Ah

The program called it a concerto, but the soloist was a soprano. For 24 minutes, off & on, Margot Rebeil warbled wordlessly, while the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under plump Eugene Goossens wove strands of tone around her. Conductor Goossens was giving his audience not only a new work, but a new wrinkle in composition: a full-fledged concerto for voice and orchestra.

Its inventor is dark-goateed John W. Haussermann Jr., 32 (whose father, a wealthy Cincinnatian, owns three Philippine gold mines). The most commonly used solo instruments in concertos are the piano, violin and...

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