Music: End of an Era

Seldom has there been such a musical love match as San Francisco and Pierre Monteux have both been enjoying. In 17 years as conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, Monteux's teddy-bear figure and walrus mustache have become as well known and beloved by San Franciscans as their ferry boats and cable cars. Last week, as the idyl came to an end, San Francisco took a dab at its eyes.

Crowds overflowed the opera house for all three of "Papa" Monteux's final concerts. His swan song was the same great work with which he has closed his 16 previous seasons: Beethoven's choral symphony...

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