In the early 1920's, as Prohibition agents broke up stills and Warren G. Harding sat in the White House, Mrs. Chauncey (Emily Gray) Hamlin, Mrs. Evelyn Choate and Mrs. Carlos Alden gathered to hear classical music in the basement of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church.  The performers were just a few off-duty theater musicians, but the three women were inspired.  They formed a Society with the goal of putting on first-class concerts of symphonic and chamber music.

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