Music: Festival in Spartanburg

The mournful, melodious Mozart Requiem, the lusty John Gay-Christopher Pepusch Beggar's Opera, many another choice piece of music were heard last week in a Southern cotton-mill town. Rarely are such works performed in big cities. Spartanburg, S.C. (population: 32,500) is one of the smallest U.S. cities to support an annual music festival. Thanks to the present boss of the music—jawsome, 43-year-old Ernst Bacon, dean of the music school at Spartanburg's Converse College—in the last two years Spartanburg has heard some resounding sounds: the opera Dido and Aeneas, by 17th-Century England's great Henry Purcell; Tchaikovsky's...

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