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If Saturday’s “Firebird” excerpt and reports from Spoleto are any indication, Young will be one to watch from interpretive perspective beyond the mere mechanics of the job — especially, one might wager, for works of the 20th and 21st centuries.

He will also prove a significant asset to the ASO beyond conducting, as Young demonstrated an unusual ease and fluency in talking to the audience.

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Review: ASO fans pack second “sell-out” classical concert in Piedmont Park’s Promenade

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Maestro Young took the bull by the horns, catching every mood and impulse and driving his musicians nearly to their limits, all the while demonstrating his mastery of the complex score. This was orchestral art at its glittering, ebullient best: an event that most of the fortunate audience will never forget.