The first American presentation of Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex" will take place in Symphony Hall this afternoon at 2.30 o'clock. The second performance will be tomorrow evening at 8.15 o'clock. The program will be under the leadership of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Serge Koussevitzky. Arthur Hackett, tenor, and Marguerite Matzenauer of the Metropolitan Opera Company will be supported by the University Glee Club which, upon invitation, has taken the part of the chorus.
According to Professor A. T. Davison '06, "Oedipus Rex" is one of the most difficult of Stravinsky's later works. Because of the extreme difficulty in producing this opera for the first time in this country, the concert promises to be genuinely, unique. Critics and music lovers from many cities of the East have signified their intention of attending the performance.