Among the opportunities offered to Harvard men outside of their college curriculum, perhaps the most remarkable is that for hearing music. This is an opportunity of which many of the students take advantage, but which very many others fail to recognize. For a number of years past there have been given a series of six or eight orchestral concerts in Sanders Theatre by the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and lately the Kneisel String Quartette have taken to giving chamber concerts in Brattle Hall. To say that the height of perfection in orchestral and chamber music is reached at these concerts is hardly an exaggeration. The Kneisel Quartette is considered by musical critics to be one of the very finest string quartettes in the world. The fact that at their first concert in Brattle Hall on Tuesday there were but two Harvard men present can only be explained by the fact that the college was ignorant of the concert or else did not realize its opportunity.
The orcestral concerts in Sanders Theatre are better appreciated. The combination of forces working together at the Symphony Concerts produces a musical effect that is wonderful. Sanders Theatre is peculiarly adapted to orchestral music, for while being small enough to allow each instrument to be heard and to tell its story, the distance of the orchestra from the audience is large enough to permit a most exquisite blending of effect. Add to this the fact that the orchestra is ranked among the four greatest in existence, and the result is something as near perfection as can be wished.