Music: Playing for Fun

When Pianist-Conductor Jacques Rachmilovich arrived in the U.S. eight years ago, he was almost broke. For a while, he worked in a Los Angeles gas station. In his spare time he took over (without pay) the baton of a nameless group of Hollywood movie musicians who were so bored with stop & go script music that they banded together to play, once a week, some piece of music all the way through.

In 1945, the orchestra gave its first public performance and became the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra. Last year when the orchestra played for the radio, one listener—Arturo Toscanini—was delighted. He...

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