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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!