MUSIC: KENT NAGANO: FIRE ON THE PODIUM

KENT NAGANO HAS A MAJOR CAREET UNDER WAY IN EUROPE. NOW U.S. AUDIENCES ARE GETTING A LOOK AT THE NEXT GREAT CONDUCTOR

Since the death in the past few years of conductors Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, music lovers have amused themselves with a rather desperate parlor game: Where will the next great maestro come from? And when? Well, here's one answer: from California, and right now. From his dazzling appearances during the past two weeks with the Lyons Opera and Ballet in San Francisco and Berkeley, Kent Nagano has confirmed his spot at the head of the class of young conductors leading music into the future.

Hailed by New York magazine as "the next Bernstein" after his Metropolitan Opera debut last...

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