Music: Tourist, with Booty

Pale and exhausted, the Detroit Symphony's Conductor Karl Krueger returned to the U.S. last week. From three months of conducting in Europe he brought back two prizes that made his trip worthwhile :

1) The original score for the overture to The Merry Widow, composed last winter by 76-year-old Franz Lehar. Lehar told Krueger, "After 40 years I finally got around to writing an overture."

2) A contract for the first U.S. appearance of Eva Prchlikova, a sensational young Czech soprano. An Army captain in Frankfurt who had heard her sing told Krueger about her, arranged a quick audition in an empty Army...

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