If symphony orchestras are signs of culture, the U.S. is showing more
culture than ever. A tabulation by the American Symphony Orchestra
League shows that in 1951 there were 702 such orchestras in the
U.S.125 of them in cities and towns of less than 25,000 population.
Prior to 1900, there were only nine orchestras in the whole country.
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