Music: Conductor's Portrait

If at the end of this season the Chicago Symphony does the unlikely thing it has threatened to do, passes out of existence (TIME, March 14), its history will be described largely by the efforts of two hard-working Germans: Conductor Theodore Thomas and Conductor Frederick Stock. Theodore Thomas, the Orchestra's founder, is commemorated by a tablet in Grant Park across the street from Orchestra Hall. Conductor Stock, Thomas' successor, presented A Musical Self-Portrait last week on what may prove to have been the Orchestra's next-to-last program.

Conductor Stock likes to describe his latest...

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