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Menuhin Agrees to Play on Yom Kippur; Does Not Want to Be Sued for Breach of Contract

Yehudi Menuhin, well-known Jewish violinist, will play on Yom Kippur rather than be sued for breach of contract, it was announced here last night. Efforts to alter the date of his concert failed, the announcement said, adding that Mr. Menuhin signed the contract last March without realizing the date coincides with Yom Kippur eve.

Mr. Menuhin’s concert will take place on the night of October 2 in Manchester where he will perform for the British Motor and Cycle Trades Benevolent Fund. He declared today that he was “very distressed” over the fact that he did not succeed in persuading the concert’s sponsors to accept another date.

(The Associated Press reported today from London that the concert promoters were willing to have Mr. Menuhin’s concert take place the afternoon of October 2, instead of in the evening, on condition that Menuhin agrees to accept a fee of $600 instead of $5,000, or, if he preferred, he could earn the original contract figure by guaranteeing that all 3,000 seats in the concert hall would be sold for an afternoon performance. Mr. Menuhin’s manager refused to accept any of these conditions, the Associated Press said.)

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