Music: Veteran Prodigy

Before he sits down to play a concert, Pianist John Browning follows a simple routine: he eats an early dinner (steak and baked potato), takes a short brisk walk to the concert hall, touches his fingers to his toes 25 times. The acrobatics, he explains, are to get the blood out of his stomach and into his hands, where it belongs. Over the years, the exercises have proved remarkably effective—at 28, Browning is one of the most gifted pianists of his generation. Last week, playing with the New York Philharmonic under Guest Conductor Georg...

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