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Symphony in C: Europeans take on Bernstein - successfully
Classical music listeners tend to feel they're in good hands when the nationality of the repertoire roughly coincides with that of the conductor. So you listened especially closely to Symphony in C music director Stilian Kirov's pre-performance observations about the Dvorak Symphony No. 8 on Saturday: Though he's Bulgarian and the music is Czech, the Eastern Europe proximity was close enough that he could state with some authority that the brass writing wasn't about war, but dance. Hmmm.