Publisher's Letter, Feb. 6, 1956

Dear TIME-Reader:

IN Pittsburgh's fashionable Hotel William Penn ballroom one night last week, the city's 88-piece symphony orchestra, one of the best in the U.S., became for a little while a gay and lilting dance band. Waltzing to Strauss's Tales from the Vienna Woods, and applauding from the $100 boxes were civic and business leaders of Pittsburgh and their wives. The occasion was the TIME of Your LIFE Ball.

Every year the Women's Association of the Pittsburgh Symphony Society sponsors a ball, the city's outstanding social event, for the benefit of the 60-year-old orchestra, whose first conductor was Victor Herbert. This year, I...

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