Music: Old Pigeons

"The apotheosis of sophistication—style and manner without content," wrote Brooks Atkinson for the New York Times. Said Critic Robert Sylvester of the gum-chewing Daily News: "I liked that thing back in 1934 and I liked it even better last night." So last week, after 18 years, the Virgil Thomson-Gertrude Stein opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, had critics and audiences in a froth again.

Revived on Broadway for a two-week brushup before opening at Paris' international Exposition of the Arts next month, Four Saints got a brilliant production, with Composer-Critic Thomson himself conducting. Like some abstract paintings, it was pretty to look...

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