Music: Made to Order

Music-loving Dr. Gustavus Capito of Charleston., W. Va. used to get a lump in his throat when he listened to Smetana's Moldau. He wondered why some American composer couldn't write as good a piece about the Kanawha, the river that flows through his home town (pop. 92,000).

A year and a half ago public-spirited Physician Capito put a proposition to Conductor-Composer Antonio Modarelli of the 85-piece Charleston Symphony Orchestra: Capito would pay $1,000 for the kind of composition he had in mind. Modarelli agreed. Last week, along with West Virginia Governor Okey Patteson and the biggest Charleston symphony audience in history (2,500),...

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