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Along with the hot Santa Ana winds last month, musical Minimalism chugged through Southern California, spreading like, well, wild fire. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Minimalist Jukebox Festival, no longer an oddity as the first was six years ago, this time became a region-wide event with many organizations joining in. America's most celebrated composer and Minimalist Jukebox mastermind John Adams has called the style the most important development in modern music of the past half century. That the L.A. Phil remains unique among major orchestras in massively celebrating that fact made April, for us Minimalist mavens, heaven. But let us not get carried away. We live in a big musical...