Music: Sounds

U.S. orchestras last week tuned up to provide a fanfare of al fresco first nights. The open-air concert season was on.

In Washington, Tchaikovsky's turbulent Fourth Symphony surged across the water from a WPA-built barge moored near the Potomac River's edge, while 10,000 Washingtonians sat on benches, sprawled on the grass, lolled in canoes on the river. Hans Kindler's National Symphony had begun its "Sunset Symphonies." Other summer openings followed in quick succession: Manhattan's Stadium concerts, an open-air series by the Philharmonic-Symphony; the Cleveland Orchestra's roofed-over summer series, in the huge, airy Public Auditorium; Philadelphia's warm-weather nights of symphonic music in willow-fringed...

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