Music: Jubilee

When a Londoner uses the word "Prom" he refers not to a college dance but to an extraordinarily popular series of concerts given every autumn at London's ugly old Queen's Hall. Unlike Covent Garden concerts, the Promenade series are not fashionable. Main reasons for the concerts' popularity are their cheapness, varied programs, unconventional atmosphere, the personality of their conductor. Highest admission charge is about $1.75, cheapest 50¢. The 50¢-tickets admit bearers to a large space devoid of any seats. There, an odd assortment of Londoners amble around the floor, smoke, swap...

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