Music: Compatibility in Cleveland

During his annual mid-season vacations from the Cleveland Orchestra, Conductor George Szell (pronounced sell) can be seen on some of the U.S.'s most famed podiums: the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and starting next season, the Metropolitan Opera. To judge by the enthusiasm of critics and audiences, he could probably land himself an even more impressive berth than the one he has. But the story of Szell and Cleveland is the story of a happy musical partnership.

Budapest-born George Szell took up Cleveland's baton six years ago on one condition: his board of directors must give him "the...

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