Orchestras: The Perfect Doctor

"San Francisco is a great and beautiful city," said Conductor Josef Krips. "Why should it not have a great and beautiful orchestra?" With that, Krips set confidently to work in his new post as musical director of the San Fran cisco Symphony Orchestra. Last week he opened the regular season with an all-Beethoven program, and the new era of music that San Francisco had promised itself when he was hired seemed suddenly to have arrived.

San Francisco's troubled musical past had always baffled its narcissistic resi dents. The symphony attracted excel lent musicians, if only for the sake of its...

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