Conductors: Downbeat for a New Era

In the five years since an airplane crash killed 106 of Atlanta's foremost cultural patrons, the city has been striving with an almost compulsive verve to rebuild civic hopes for high standing in the arts. A new rank of leaders moved up to join the survivors; in homage to the dead, the Atlanta Arts Alliance launched a drive for a $13 million cultural center (now abuilding); and the Ford Foundation gave the Atlanta Symphony $1,750,000. Last week the symphony opened its new season under the baton of a new permanent conductor, Robert Shaw....

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