While the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra was giving its resplendent account of Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201, on Thursday (June 15) at the Balboa Theatre, I mused on how well this orchestra was flourishing under the leadership of Music Director Michael Francis . . .

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The evidence is sketchy, but it looks like two of the world’s greatest composers may have met in one of Vienna’s greatest artistic mind-melds. The year was 1787, and a star-struck Ludwig van Beethoven was quaking in his boots; his idol Johann Chrysostomus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had kindly requested an impromptu mini-concert, exchanging a lesson…

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