Music: Miracle in the Berkshires

A magisterial lash of the hand stopped the orchestra. The abashed boy & girl players looked like a tableau of The Damnation of Faust. Said Conductor Koussevitzky: "It doesn't sound." Then he added gently: "But we will arrive. We will arrive."

Serge Koussevitzky had gambled on producing a first-class summer music festival with a student orchestra. By the time he finished his first pair of concerts with the month-old Berkshire Music Center School Orchestra at Lenox, Mass., salvos of applause told him he had succeeded. Critics wired Manhattan newspapers: ". . challenged favorable...

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