Music: Death in Detroit

For three weeks, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra had lain on its bed of pain waiting for its chief financial doctor, Board President Henry H. Reichhold, to make a move that would either cure it or kill it (TIME, Sept. 5). Last week he moved, and the patient died.

First, Conductor Karl Krueger resigned, tired of "combating tawdry intrigues." Instead, he planned to organize a new American Arts Orchestra in Manhattan, composed entirely of U.S.-born or U.S.-trained musicians. Then Reichhold himself resigned, appealing to Musicians' Union Czar James Caesar Petrillo to "personally step in and investigate." Petrillo refused: "I cannot in good conscience...

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