Music: Surprise Symphony

In Orlando, Fla. (pop. 52,367), in a region more noted for sun tans and beauty contests, a fine, full-fledged symphony orchestra topped off its third season last week. Under the direction of Paris-born Yves (pronounced Eve) Chardon, 51, and with a glamorous assist from Metropolitan Opera Soprano Bidu Sayao, the Florida Symphony Orchestra gave a program with a polish and finesse which a more experienced orchestra might envy.

The Florida's string sections had strength and clarity, its winds played with ease and flexibility. The full 75-piece orchestra could build to a battering climax and—often a lot more difficult—hush to a whispering...

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