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An opera premiere at Lincoln Park Zoo? It's all 'second nature' to Matthew Aucoin

An opera premiere at Lincoln Park Zoo? It's all 'second nature' to Matthew Aucoin

With his scraggly beard, tousle of curly brown hair, dark jeans and well-worn T-shirt, Matthew Aucoin could easily pass for your average rumpled college freshman. But sit him down to talk about his crowded life in classical music, and his rapid rise to the top of classical's most-promising list, and you find yourself in the presence of a bright, eager, articulate 25-year-old polymath who seems as astonished as anyone by how quickly everything has been falling into place for him. The young American composer, conductor, pianist, poet and critic already is being called in some breathless media outlets the next Leonard Bernstein, a comparison he finds flattering but also confusing....

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