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Heading to Boston, conductor Andris Nelsons on rise

BSO’s new maestro has come a long, long way in a very short time

A few weeks ago, after his image appeared on a giant billboard above the Mass. Pike and before he threw the first pitch at Fenway Park on what the city had officially proclaimed “Andris Nelsons Day,” the 34-year-old Latvian conductor stood in Symphony Hall and looked out at some 850 supporters who had gathered to watch him sign his contract as the next music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

For a moment, the distance, the speed, and the sheer improbability of his journey seemed palpable.

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