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Maestro Wada has brought the joy, beauty, and--yes--fun of classical music to my life. I will always be grateful to him for that. And as he rides off into the sunset of retirement (on his motorcycle with his baton-carrying bear strapped on back), I wish him great happiness. The CSO will survive and, hopefully, thrive with new maestro Raffaele Ponti at the helm. But it will never be the same.