Music: The Seattle Treatment

As in many a U.S. city, the wonder was that Seattle's symphony orchestra made such harmony on stage when there was so much caterwauling backstage, in the boxes, and in the business office.

Only one man was ever able to dominate Seattle's unruly orchestra since Karl Krueger left it in 1932. Crusty, goat-bearded Sir Thomas Beecham raged at Seattle as an "esthetic dustbin," but for two years during the war, he had musicians and sellout audiences on the edges of their seats (he sometimes stopped the orchestra in the middle of a movement to...

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