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The Boston Symphony Orchestra will give a special series of rehearsal-concerts next season, for students only, George E. Judd '11, the Orchestra's manager, told the CRIMSON last night.
Tickets for the new concerts, which will take place in Symphony Hall on five Thursday nights next winter, will go on sale at any college that guarantees to sell them only to students. The tickets will all cost the same, around $1.50, and will be for unreserved seats. Proceeds from their sale will benefit the Orchestra's pension fund.
Tickets will be allocated to colleges, music conservatories, and other orchestras in the Boston area according to the demand that develops and the size of the institution.
The program has "grown out of demands in a CRIMSON editorial that more undergraduates be allowed in Sanders Theatre when the Orchestra plays there, and a letter from the Dean of Humanities at M.I.T. asking for a private listening wire from Symphony Hall," Judd said.
Each Thursday night concert will actually be the Orchestra's final rehearsal for the regular concert the following afternoon. Thus the B.S.O. can not promise that pieces will be placed in the same order on Thursday as on Friday, or that all the works to be performed Friday will even be rehearsed the evening before. Moreover, there is always the possibility that the Orchestra will be stopped to correct a flaw. The concert rehearsals will, however, last the regulation rehearsal time limit from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Students Voted In
Under the existing trade agreement between the management and the members of the Orchestra, nobody is allowed into a rehearsal except by a majority vote of the Orchestra. Such a vote was held recently, and the musicians unanimously agreed to admit students.
The six concerts regularly held in Sanders Theatre will be continued next year along with the present policy of holding 83 "rush" tickets for undergraduates.
The new Thursday night series will bring the Orchestra's total number of concerts to 161 in Boston alone.
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