Music: Incentive to Try

While talented Negro soloists have become commonplace in the U.S., virtually no Negroes have mounted the podiums of major U.S. orchestras.* Last week, one did. Henry Lewis, 28, a bass player for ten years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was filling in for ailing Igor Markevitch, led a topnotch, widely acclaimed concert that included Dvorak's Fourth Symphony and Beethoven's concert aria Ah Perfido!, sung by Lewis' wife, Soprano Marilyn Home. Vigorous, sweeping Conductor Lewis had previously led the Seventh Army Orchestra and the Los Angeles String Society, a group he formed himself in 1958, will conduct several other Philharmonic concerts. Said...

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