Music: Coming of Age

Old patrons of the San Diego Symphony could hardly believe their eyes: 4,000 of their fellow townsmen streamed into Balboa Park's Ford Bowl for the city's largest symphonic turnout in many a season. Then they could hardly believe their ears: the San Diego Symphony played its way through a difficult program of concertos with Pianist Rudolf Serkin, and played beautifully. Critics, customers and Pianist Serkin all agreed: the orchestra had come of age. So had the conductor; at 39, Robert Shaw had made the difficult transition from a brilliant leader of voices to...

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