The Press: Too-Early Bird

When Conductor Walter Kappesser stood up before the St. Louis Choral Society at concert time one night last week, he had a newspaper instead of a baton in his hand. "I am about to do something very unusual," he told his audience. "I will now read you a newspaper review of the concert I am about to conduct."

From the first night edition of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Kappesser began reading a past-tense—and less than favorable—account of his "ambitious direction" of Mahler's Second Symphony. "To say that Mr. Kappesser triumphed over [the music's] handicaps,"...

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