Music: Boston Picks a Woman

A woman playing first flute in the Boston Symphony? "A very serious matter," wrote Critic Rudolph Elie in the Herald, "and I am not a little dismayed by it." But there she was, when the orchestra opened its season last week, her flute tones firm, pure and accurate.

Perky, dimpled Doriot Anthony, 30, knows as well as anybody that the major orchestras eye female instrumentalists with suspicion (unless they play the harp†). She has held such positions as second flute in Washington's National Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, first flute in the NBC Standard (Los Angeles) and Hollywood Bowl Symphonies.

She had...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!