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New York Philharmonic sticks with American classics at Santa Barbara Bowl

New York Philharmonic sticks with American classics at Santa Barbara Bowl

Unlike the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony, which have outdoor summer homes, the New York Philharmonic wanders when the weather gets hot. In June, America's oldest orchestra plays admirable free concerts in parks around New York City. Last month it spent 10-day residencies in less likely Shanghai and Vail, Colo. Monday night, the New York Philharmonic could be found in one of the least likely places of all, the Santa Barbara Bowl. The amphitheater is a 4,562-seat pop venue. Tickets were but $10. Those between 7 and 17 got in free. The orchestra's music director, Alan Gilbert, was all-American and included Sousa marches, a...

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