Music: Chicago's Cure

"Molten incandescence," "submerged iridescence," "celestial," "arcadian," "skyrocketing" were some of the words that critics were using to describe, of all things, the symphony orchestra which for a decade had been the Sick Man of Chicago. Special object of the critics' delight: Fritz Reiner, 65, who became the orchestra's sixth permanent conductor last fall* and this week reaches the half way point in his first season.

On an afternoon last week. Chicagoans heard a typical program. Conductor Reiner strode across the stage as the lights dimmed, shook hands with the concertmaster, and mounted the...

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