Music: Sarah's Women

The podium of the New York Philharmonic is one of the pinnacles of American symphonic music and, like most others, a male bastion. Over the years, such men as Gustav Mahler, Willem Mengelberg and Arturo Toscanini have occupied it, but only one woman had ever conducted a full program there. That was the famed French teacher Nadia Boulanger, who led the orchestra for a week in 1962. Before a capacity crowd of 2,800 in Manhattan's Avery Fisher Hall last week, Sarah Caldwell of Boston joined that illustrious company in one of the remarkable events...

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