Music: Surprise Symphony

In Orlando, Fla. (pop. 52,367), in a region more noted for sun tans and beauty contests, a fine, full-fledged symphony orchestra topped off its third season last week. Under the direction of Paris-born Yves (pronounced Eve) Chardon, 51, and with a glamorous assist from Metropolitan Opera Soprano Bidu Sayao, the Florida Symphony Orchestra gave a program with a polish and finesse which a more experienced orchestra might envy.

The Florida's string sections had strength and clarity, its winds played with ease and flexibility. The full 75-piece orchestra could build to a battering climax and—often a lot more difficult—hush to a whispering...

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!