Newark (Aug. 7)
A local symphony orchestra, which will endeavor to achieve for musical art in this city what the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra has done for New York, will soon be a reality due to the munificence of Mrs. Felix Fuld, widow of the late noted merchant and philanthropist.
According to the present plan, Mrs. Fuld will contribute sufficient funds to establish an orchestra comprised of a sufficient number of musicians to make a complete symphonic organization and be conducted by a leader of outstanding prominence and ability.
One of the outstanding features of the project, and one which has been specially acclaimed by the press of the city, centers about the personnel of the orchestra. Newark musicians will be given the first opportunity to qualify for membership. The new organization was conceived not only for its cultural value, but also as a means of affording employment to local musicians, whose livelihood is being rendered difficult due to inroads made by talking pictures and other mechanical devices. It is believed the local orchestra also will replace the Newark appearances of the New York Philharmonic Symphony, which for the past few years have been Mrs. Fuld’s gifts to the school children of this city.
It is stated that the educational scope of the project will control to a large degree its formal launching and the amount of money Mrs. Fuld will donate.
The orchestra will in no way be affiliated with the Board of Education, although it is known that Mrs. Fuld would welcome the use of the orchestra by the board to whatever extent it might be deemed of educational value to the student body of the city.
Mrs. Fuld recently was co-donor with her brother, Louis Bamberger, of $5,000,000 to found an institution of higher learning. Her munificence has reached every corner of cultural activity in the local community.