Music: Popular Pachyderm

Manhattan Composer Nicolai Berezowsky and Conductor Thomas Scherman once "sat down and agreed to three propositions : 1) besides Humperdinck's heavy-handed Hansel and Gretel, there are precious few operas acceptable to children; 2) Scherman's Little Orchestra Society is always ready & willing to tackle a new score; and 3) the adventures of a young and appealingly unsophisticated elephant named Babar* are bread & butter to large numbers of children and ex-children. With Mrs. Berezowsky they worked out sketches, got Dorothy (Porgy) Heyward to try her hand at a libretto. The result, after nearly two years: the premiere last week at Manhattan's...

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