Music: Dutchman's Debut

The Philadelphia Orchestra had a new guest conductor last week. His name: Eduard van Beinum, principal leader for the past eight years of Amsterdam's famed Concertgebouw Orchestra. The concert was Van Beinum's first in the U.S. (it was his first visit to the country as well), and the 53-year-old Dutchman got bravos and raves from critics, audience and the musicians themselves. Beamed one orchestra member: "The boys are daffy about him."

Van Beinum's first concert (of seven) was typical: Haydn's lighthearted Symphony No. 96, Anton Bruckner's somber Symphony No. 7. Each gave the conductor plenty of opportunity to show his capabilities, and...

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