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292 The National Music of America.
Museum (a much smaller edifice), and this also proving too large, they finally were obliged to try a little room in Arch Street, which they hired for ten dollars; but the receipts amounted to only nine dollars and a half, so the landlord extinguished the gas and the concerts simultaneously! Only in Boston did the organisation receive due encouragement and sufficient support to continue its venture.
Yet even Boston, from 1863 (when Mr. Zerrahn discontinued his Philharmonic concerts) to 1866, had an interregnum in its orchestral music. In 1866 the Harvard Musical Association took up the task of providing symphonic concerts for the city ; Mr. Zerrahn was placed at the head, and until 1882 the concerts were given by the Harvard orchestra.
But at this time Boston suddenly began to burst its classical swaddling clothes! The city now boasted plenty of musicians of Euro-