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The Harvard Opera Association, which is open to all members of the University interested in music, and run on a cooperative basis to render it possible for members to obtain seats at the Boston Opera House at reduced prices, expects this year to surpass its record of last, when it sold over 2500 seats. The membership fee has been raised to $1, and the books to be signed by applicants will be placed in the Union, Leavitt & Peirce's, Amee's, the Rendezvous, and the Co-operative Branch on Monday, October 20. The reductions will be as follows: $1.50 seats will be sold for 75 cents; $4 seats for $1.50; $6 seats for $2. The seats may be purchased at Amee's on the day of the performance on presentation of the membership card. The opera season will commence Monday, November 24, and will continue for 18 weeks.
More Seats Will be Available.
Chairman G. W. Minot '15 and Treasurer W. F. Prescott '15 have arranged for a greater number of seats than the Association had last year, when, however, few were disappointed in obtaining tickets. The Association has been indorsed by the Faculty of Fine Arts and prominent Bostonians interested in Harvard music. The membership last year was 1200.
The movement for an Opera Association was started by E. F. Hanfstaengl '09 in March, 1912. His idea was to establish closer relations between Harvard and the Boston Opera House on the plan of similar relations between the Opera and the universities in Germany, where the students may see Opera at reduced rates. Warm commendation was immediately received from the Opera directors and from many representative College organizations. A dinner was held April 1, 1912, in the Union, at which the plans were formulated, and the work in- trusted to two committees, one graduate and the other undergraduate.
At the beginning of last year, over 100 subscribers had agreed to give the Association the occasional use of their seats, for the most part in the orchestra and balcony. There were thirty-two regular seats in the second balcony, and occasionally fifty or seventy-five more in various parts of the house. This year the demand for subscribers' tickets has been larger than ever before, and so the members of the Association may congratulate themselves on having an assured number of seats
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