Music: Bombshell in Providence

Symphony orchestras are constantly in trouble, artistic as well as financial. Last week some 400 delegates including representatives of 75 orchestras attended the American Symphony Orchestra League Convention in Providence to try to find out why. Influential U.S. Composer Aaron (Appalachian Spring, El Salon Mexico) Copland pointed out the nature of the problem: orchestras are not playing enough music of their own day to attract music lovers. Year after year, he said, major U.S. orchestras play only five or ten out of some 150 new orchestral works composed in the country.

"If present policies continue," said Copland, "then we're all headed...

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