Music: Judith with Orchestra

Since the Louisville Orchestra decided two years ago to stop hiring expensive soloists and use its cash to commission original compositions instead (TIME, Dec. 20, 1948), Louisville audiences have had many an ear-popping musical surprise. Last week they got an eye-popper as well: Modernist Martha Graham in a brand-new 25-minute dance to the accompaniment of the 50-piece orchestra.

Last April, Orchestra Manager John R. Woolford commissioned Martha to compose the dance, with new music by a composer of her own choice. She picked her old collaborator, William Schuman, president of Manhattan's Juilliard School, who wrote the music for her Night Journey...

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