Music: Saints and Sinners

Great Falls, Mont., knows how to whoop it up for Johannes Brahms. After hearing the blazing final chords of the Symphony No. 2 in D, townspeople jumped to their feet in a shouting five-minute ovation. As the applause started to slacken, a rancher in a sheepskin coat shouted from the balcony: "Keep on clappin' and they'll keep on play-in'!" So they did. When Conductor Maurice Abravanel, 73, and the 85 members of the Utah Symphony Orchestra responded with an encore from Handel's Water Music, the crowd in the renovated movie theater burst into...

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