Music: San Francisco's Decision

San Francisco is a town where the symphony is taken as seriously as the ship loadings. So when veteran Conductor Pierre Monteux retired two years ago, the symphony board took pains to let subscribers have a part in picking his successor.

First the board announced a "season of discovery," during which nine guest conductors paraded their talents. Late this season (the "season of decision"), the board sent out ballots to thousands of symphony supporters. Last week, with the returns tabbed, San Francisco took the leap, handed Spanish-born Enrique Jordá, 42, a two-year contract. Conductor Jordá (pronounced Hor-dah) had led the balloting 3...

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