Music: Enclaves of Harmony

San Francisco has a new tradition: street musicians. Along with the cable cars, that famous bridge, the bay and the sourdough bread, the city now has a sweet sonic oddity: strains of Bach, Mozart and Telemann being tootled on street corners. The players are young, serious and usually talented. Without exception, they are determined. It takes tenacity to concentrate on a fugal entry as cable cars rattle past, stray dogs water the violin case, and an "occasional drunk keeps insisting on pop tunes.

Explains Ken Cramer, 23, a blue-denimed, long-haired flute player out of Rochester's Eastman School of Music: "This way we...

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