Music: Spurs at 24

One night five years ago, when young Thomas Schippers was conducting Menotti's The Consul on Broadway, he got so excited that the baton slipped from his fingers and sailed over his shoulder into the audience. Since then, Conductor Schippers (pronounced shippers) has kept a firm grip on his baton, earned resounding kudos for his performances at the New York City Opera, guest stints with symphony orchestras, and this season, for another Menotti opera, The Saint of Bleecker Street (TIME, Jan. 10). Last week Kalamazoo-born Conductor Schippers, 24, won his golden operatic spurs: the...

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