Music: Tanglewood of the South

High atop Tennessee's Cumberland Ridge, on the 10,000-acre campus of Sewanee's University of the South, cool breezes carried the sounds of chamber music over the nearby countryside. From the windows of five fraternity houses came the practice sounds of 40 "serious students" from 15 states and Canada, happily scrubbing and scratching on assignments set by their teachers.

Episcopal Sewanee and Nashville's Peabody College were having their first Cumberland Forest Festival: a kind of Tanglewood of the South, directed by lean, sandy, U.S. Symphonist Roy Harris. The festival highlight: a mid-century survey of 20th...

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