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Malcolm Holmes will conduct the Wellesley College Orchestra in a concert at Paine Hall tonight. The program consists of rarely played music dating from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries and opens with Studentenmusik Suite No. 2 by Johann Rosemuller (1620-1634). Also to be heard are Bach's Concerto for two violins in D minor; Gluck's Sinfonia to the ballet-pantomime, "Don Juan"; Bach's Cantata No. 202, "Weichet nur, betruebte Schatten"; Two Instrumental Pieces by King Henry VIII; and Gretry's Overture to "Le Rival Confident." The music is certainly unusually interesting and gives further proof of the admirable energy which Mr. Holmes has constantly shown both with the Pierian Sodality and the Wellesley Orchestra.
Alban Berg's Violin Concerto will be played by Louis Krasner in its first American performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at this week's concerts. Berg, a disciple of the famous exiled German composer, Schoenberg, wrote this particular work while deeply affected by the death of one of his closest friends, Manon Gropius, the stepdaughter of Gustav Mahler. This concerto, while a requiem for her, is also the composer's swan-song for he died soon after. A great reputation has preceded this last effort of Berg, and it should prove significant.
Schoenberg's orchestration of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E flat will also be performed as well as one of Dr. Koussevitzky's favorite pieces, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss.
A reminder that the Boston Symphony Orchestra's season is far from over will not be amiss at this time. Tickets for the remaining quarter of the Saturday evening series in Symphony Hall may be obtained for the very low rate of ten dollars.
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