Conductors: Younger than Springtime

The old lady is 79; the old man is nearly 70. They have been courting each other every spring for the past 34 years. But to tradition-steeped Bos ton, the match is as youthful as ever. The town turns out when the red neon sign atop Symphony Hall blinks Pops, Pops, and Conductor Arthur Fiedler signals the first, firm downbeat to his first love, the Boston Pops Orchestra.

On the gladiola-banked Pops podium last week, the silver-maned maestro, who is celebrating his first half-century with the Boston Symphony, proved once more that in...

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