Orchestras: Curtain Raiser

It was at Fulton, Mo., that Winston Churchill first used the term Iron Curtain, in a speech there in 1946. But to the members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, 100 miles east of Fulton, the really troublesome iron curtain was the one that divided the massive Kiel Auditorium into two parts: a symphony hall on one side and a sports arena on the other. Once, Pianist Andre Watts, playing a concerto with the orchestra, heard a strange noise. "I thought something was wrong with the timpani," he said, "but it was only...

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