Music: Dreamer

For nearly ten years Mrs. Florence Foster Jenkins has given an annual song recital in Manhattan. Mrs. Jenkins was born some 60 years ago in Philadelphia where she studied to be a pianist. In Manhattan she founded the Verdi Society to keep the name of the composer alive. Her father was a rich Wilkes-Barre lawyer who died 25 years ago. Mrs. Jenkins is well able to pay for a hall. Last week she hired the ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and smartly-dressed New Yorkers fairly fought for tickets to get in and see Florence...

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