Music: New Prodigy

The big, moonfaced youngster marched onstage in Carnegie Hall with the self-assurance of a veteran. He gave the audience a confident smile, then signaled Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos to launch the New York Philharmonic-Symphony into the Paganini Concerto No. 1. From his first bow strokes, 15-year-old Michael Rabin proved he had something to be confident about. His technique was effortless, his tone strong and clean, his style and phrasing in the brilliant manner of Heifetz and Isaac Stern.

It was a proud day for Michael, but perhaps a prouder one for his father. At...

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