Music: Going Like 60

Music may be for the young at heart, but it is not necessarily made by the young in years. Manhattan had a brilliant mid-season fortnight, with many of the star performers over 60 and showing no signs of giving up:

Pierre Monteux, 79, French-born conductor, shuttled from the Metropolitan Opera, where he led mellow performances of Faust (and will lead Manon and Orfeo this week), to Carnegie Hall and the Brooklyn Academy of Music for three well-played sessions with the Boston Symphony.

Wilhelm Backhaus, 70, returned to the U.S. (he was born in Germany and lives in Switzerland) to give his second postwar...

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