Music: Empress of the Symphony

The first line of defense of many U.S. symphony orchestras is manned by women. They are the determined ladies who establish "symphony work" as a prime social criterion, whose tea parties, meetings and fund campaigns often mean the difference between life and death for an orchestra. One of the grandest of all musical, grandes dames in the U.S. is Houston's Miss Ima Hogg,† seventyish daughter of Texas' wealthy Governor (1890-95) Jim Hogg. She reigns as an absolute empress, and Houston Junior Leaguers have learned that the only sure way to her is through the symphony. When "Miss Ima" starts her annual...

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