Music: Premi

The première of a new opera took place last week in the cotton-mill and college town of Spartanburg, S.C. That fact was not surprising. Since 1939 Spartanburg has been staging spring music festivals with a fine exploring, self-sufficient spirit. It has no rich backers, no imported stars; it keeps to its promise of "no performances of hackneyed works." Instead it has put on with local talent such rarities as Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Mozart's Requiem. So last week, again festival time in Spartanburg, saw the production of Ernst Bacon's A Tree on the Plains....

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