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The Boston Symphony is on tour this week but a reminder of the fine performances of last Friday and Saturday remains with us in the person of Jan Smeterlin, Polish pianist, who played the Chopin concerto in F minor with the orchestra. Mr. Smeterlin is to give a recital in Jordan Hall this Saturday afternoon, and he has chosen a program which is both interesting and well-balanced. Beethoven's Sonata in G major (opus 79) is the first number and it is followed by the impressive Brahms Variations on a Paganini theme. Works by Raval, Albeniz, and Chopin complete the list. It is, of course, Mr. Smeterlin's execution of the works of the last named composer which has brought him his greatest fame, but whether he chooses to play Chopin or Ravel, he is always a magnificent artist who is well worth hearing.
Marian Anderson to Sing
While speaking of artists, attention may be called to the fact that Marian Anderson, great negro contralto, is to give a recital at Symphony Hall on March first. Miss Anderson has just returned from an amazing European tour--indeed so amazing that the reports of her triumphs might be disposed of as mere fantasy were not there reliable critics to vouch for their authenticity. Her personality has been described as complete selflessness; and this, coupled with fine vocal ability goes to make a singer of rare individuality.
Toscanini to Come to Boston
A most unusual pair of concerts -- unusual that is for Boston--are to take place on March 16 and 17 at Symphony Hall. On these occasions, Arturo Toscanini is to conduct the New York Philharmonic, under the sponsorship of the Boston Symphony. The program has not yet been announced but it is sure to be an interesting one.
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