Music: Frisco's Frenchman

In one of the most musical cities in the U.S., San Francisco, the greatest French conductor alive will pad affably to the podium this week to round out his ninth season. During those nine seasons he had brought his orchestra close to the head of the symphonic class. The San Francisco Symphony, approximately 15% of whose annual budget is paid out of taxes, is one of the half-dozen finest orchestras in the U.S. It is kept so by San Francisco's first musical citizen, walrus-mustached Pierre Monteux. To those who watch Pierre Monteux still gay...

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