Music: At Home Abroad

One evening last week, a towering, bushy-haired young man strode across the stage of Chicago's Orchestra Hall, took his place on the conductor's stand. The applause was cordially perfunctory. But by the time he had led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through the bouncing overture to Bedrich Smetana's Bartered Bride, Mozart's Symphony No. 38 (Prague) and Leos Janacek's bone-rattling Taras Bulba, Chicagoans were clapping hard. Thirty-five-year-old Conductor Rafael Kubelik, son of the late great Czech Violinist Jan Kubelik, they decided, was a credit to his father.

When Rafael was bora in 1914, Jan Kubelik was one of the world's best in an age...

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