Music: 10,000 Miles of Music

San Francisco's first orchestra (organized even before the city) was a group of 13 Indians trained by Spanish friars in 1827. San Francisco's present symphony has 100 members, and is generally recognized as the best in the West. Last week it appeared in Manhattan, on the most extensive tour ever undertaken by a U.S. symphony.

Manhattan was just about the halfway mark in its schedule of 56 concerts in 57 days. Almost everywhere the San Franciscans have played to capacity audiences. Their biggest drawing card was their 72-year-old conductor, twinkle-eyed little Pierre ("Papa") Monteux,...

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