Music: Long-Term Conductor

A clatter of applause rose last week in St. Louis' Kiel Auditorium Opera House as one of the city's most distinguished citizens appeared on the stage. Debonair, white-haired Vladimir Golschmann, 62, bowed; this Parisian son of Russian parents was obviously very much at home. Then he turned, and whisked his baton over the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. On the program: Pianist Lukas Foss, playing his own Concerto No. 2. Conductor Golschmann has led his orchestra for 25 years—longer than the tenure of any other U.S. conductor now working.

During his quarter century, Conductor Golschmann has become a part of St. Louis. His...

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