Music: Dutch Treat

Backstage at Manhattan's Carnegie Hall last week, 101 musicians in evening clothes puffed nervously at their cigarettes and filled the air with the Dutch language. They were the famed Amsterdam Concertgebouw (almost rhymes with dessert-'n'-how) Orchestra, launching their first U.S. tour. The thought of being in Carnegie Hall, where most of the world's finest orchestras have been heard, awed many of the players. They need not have worried. From the moment Conductor Eduard van Beinum quieted the rustling audience with a masterful glance, it was apparent this would be a concert to remember....

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