Music: Boston's Fiedler

Three weeks ago 45 members of Boston's Symphony Orchestra began giving experimental, free, outdoor concerts on the Charles River Basin Esplanade (TIME, July 15). Last week the experiment could no longer be considered experimental. The attendance had amazed even optimistic Conductor Arthur Fiedler. His nightly audiences, numbering between 5.000 and 8,000 are twice as large as a wintertime full-house at Symphony Hall.

Conductor Fiedler has been troubled by open air acoustics. On the first night, as his music proceeded from the huge, conch-like acoustic shell, queer things happened. Tubas became thunderous, reverberant. Strings...

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