Music: Outing in Houston

Concertgoers the world over have heard the Kurtz brothers—but rarely together. Conductor Efrem, 51, has always shied away from family favoritism in picking his soloists. Cellist Edmund, 43, a front-rank virtuoso, has always agreed, but he adds, "Brothers can come together occasionally to have a little musical outing." Up to last week, they had had only three such outings in 25 years: in Stuttgart, Berlin and Kansas City, Mo. Houston, where Efrem has led the symphony since 1948, was treated to the fourth.

Midway through the zipping Khachaturian Cello Concerto, which Edmund Kurtz...

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