Music: Arrival in Manhattan

Two years ago, a slender, dark-haired 18-year-old from Philadelphia named Norman Carol stepped up to show the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Serge Koussevitzky what he could do with a fiddle and bow. He did well enough to win a scholarship to the Berkshire Music Center that summer and, more unusual, a seat in the first-violin section of the Boston Symphony.

Last week, for the first time, Manhattan critics got to hear Koussy's wonder boy. For his Town Hall debut, Norman's program was by no means all apple pie: a Handel sonata, a Bach partita for...

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