Music: Baseball in Cold Blood

Composer William Schuman, 42, is president of Manhattan's Juilliard School of Music. He is also an ardent baseball fan (New York Giants) and the unofficial coach of the kids in & around his suburban New York home. It was practically inevitable that his two interests should meet, and last week they did. Schuman's The Mighty Casey, a baseball opera, had its world premiere in Hartford, Conn.

The operatic Casey is not the Yankees' Casey Stengel but the Mudville hero of Ernest L. Thayer's famed old rhetorical war horse, Casey at the Bat, which builds up to one of the biggest letdowns in...

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