Music: Debut in the Bowl

Almost everything went wrong at the Hollywood Bowl. Soprano Dorothy Maynor, the guest star, canceled her engagement because her mother had just died. A substitute chorus was ill-prepared, and a pinch-hitting baritone had to fall back on 01' Man River. So the U.S. debut last week of a talented Negro conductor, Rudolph Dunbar, 39, was a grim experience for everyone but him. Critics praised his crisp, authoritative conducting of the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra.

Dunbar says he resolved to lead a U.S. symphony orchestra when he was a boy in British Guiana, the great-grandson...

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