Music: Very Koussevitzky

With the final chord of the Prelude to Die Meister singer, the courtly figure on the podium put down his baton, bowed elegantly to his audience, and strode from the stage. The orchestra and audience remained in their seats, but Serge Koussevitzky did not return. In his place, amid a sudden hush, gold-spectacled Henry Cabot, president of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, slowly mounted the stage. The word had already gotten out that Harry Cabot had a very special announcement to make, and most of the audience had a good idea of what it was....

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