Leopold Stokowski

After 63 years, beloved maestro is passing the baton at Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra

After 63 years, beloved maestro is passing the baton at Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra

The radio as I drive is tuned to KUSC, so I can enter his world even before I arrive.

The music of the masters softens Los Angeles, bringing order to chaos. Lampposts are treble clefs; birds sit on power lines like the notes of an unfinished symphony.

I park on 17th Street in Santa Monica and push through the lobby of the assisted living center. I stroll the length of a long hall.

The last door on the left bears a gold nameplate.

"Maestro."

I knock, and the maestro is in.

"It is a pleasure to meet you," he says.

The pleasure is mine.

Alvin Mills is 94. Two conductor's batons rest on the tray of his walker, within arm's...

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