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Music

After discord, harmonious encore for Benjamin Zander

The smile is familiar, as is the thick white hair swaying to the rhythm of the orchestra.

Benjamin Zander, one of Boston’s most prominent classical music figures, is back leading a youth orchestra. Watching him now, one could find it hard to imagine that less than a year ago, his four-plus decades at New England Conservatory came to an ugly end.

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