Music: Home Run in Seattle

Conductors of the Seattle Symphony used to have about as much job security as French Premiers. In its 51 years the orchestra has had 13 "permanent" conductors, and few of them managed to last more than a season or two. Seattle's worst moment came in 1951, when French Conductor Manuel Rosenthal was forbidden re-entry to the U.S. for a Gallic breach of morals (the official reason was perjury concerning his marital status when he returned; the lady who traveled with him was not his wife). After the symphony's officials stopped blushing, they decided...

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