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When your slip starts showing in the Mendelssohn concerto

Our string quartet diarist Anthea Kreston is having sartorial issues: In Lisbon last week before our concert, I was doing clean-up work on the calendar – making sure I have all of the flights/trains saved in chronological order, all confirmation codes, hotels and repertoire – when I realized that our family had vacation at the […]
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