Conductors: Little John in Big Texas

When Sir John Barbirolli came west to accept the baton of the Houston Symphony Orchestra three years ago, Texans proudly proclaimed "The Grand Alliance." An emblem was struck for the orchestra depicting the Lone Star flag shoulder-to-shoulder with Sir John's Union Jack, and by happy coincidence Harold Macmillan himself said what was on everyone's lips: "Friendship between Texas and Great Britain is a most important thing." The orchestra celebrated its 50th year last week with a gala concert on the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, and Sir John felt properly Nelsonian:...

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