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Any review of the musical opportunities offered to undergraduates must start with fulsome praise of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its five series of concerts. The Orchestra is an old institution and is at present at the peak of its powers, a condition which is largely due to its continued leadership by one man during the past thirteen years. That man is the energetic Rusian conductor Serge Koussevitzky who has become famous throughout the world for his brilliance and his interest in the moderns.
Like all virtuosi, he is the recipient of a good deal of criticism, both deserved and undeserved, and there is no doubt that many of its interpretations are not entirely pleasing to our Anglo-Saxon ears. Some listeners would prefer more contemporary works--others would not venture beyond Debussey. But in the main, he manages to do an admirable job of pleasing everyone and there are few indeed who do not thoroughly enjoy any of the series of five concerts to which they may subscribe.
Tickets may often be secured for individual concerts, but by far the cheapest and most pleasant way to hear this great orchestra is to subscribe to a series. Eight concerts are given throughout the year at Sanders Theatre in Memorial Hall, but such has been the popularity of this group that few if any seats are still available.
In Boston, there are series offered of 24 Friday evening, 24 Saturday evening, 6 Monday evening, or 6 Tuesday afternoon concerts. Symphony Hall on Huntington Ave. in Boston will be glad to quote prices and send information to all who are interested.
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