Music: Modern Maecenas

The man across the table from Igor Stravinsky in Chicago's Union Station restaurant was an unlikely luncheon partner for a great composer to seek out on a stopover. He was a prosperous local wine importer, and his somber, heavy-set air evoked stocks and bonds rather than sharps and semiquavers. But when the man started to order coffee, Stravinsky insisted on champagne instead. "Contemporary music has many friends," Stravinsky toasted him, "but only a few lovers."

The man was Paul Fromm, and in the 14 years since that meeting he has continued to express his...

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