Music: San Francisco Cheers

"This is the most exciting thing that's happened since the opera house was built," said the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra's manager. The woodwind players were stomping their feet, brass players were applauding; violinists rapped their bows on their music stands. The audience had started it by clapping spontaneously between movements, which simply isn't done ordinarily. Said one awed onlooker: "My God, some of the ladies are even taking their gloves off."

No one was quite sure what had set them off: the flashing performance of a violinist unknown to San Francisco audiences, Russian-born Tossy Spivakovsky, 37, or the wonders of the work...

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