Orchestras: Ladies' Day

Orin O'Brien, 31, the newest member of the New York Philharmonic, scurried into Philharmonic Hall one rainy night last week and, ignoring the musicians' locker room, got dressed in a washroom. It was not a hazing rite. Indeed, no rookie has ever been so warmly accepted by the orchestra; to a man they say, "Orin is one of the boys." Only Orin is one of the girls—the only girl, in fact, in the 104-member orchestra, a situation unique at the Philharmonic, so there is yet no place for her to dress.

Miss O'Brien,...

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