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Conductor, Juilliard emeritus James DePreist dies

February 9, 2013 • Entertainment


In this 2003 photo, music director James DePreist conducts the Oregon Symphony during the tribute concert at Schnitzer Hall in Portland, Ore. DePreist, one of the first African-American conductors and a National Medal of Arts winner, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., his manager Jason Bagdade said. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Motoya Nakamura) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — James DePreist, one of the first African-American conductors and a National Medal of Arts winner, died Friday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., his manager Jason Bagdade said.

DePreist, who was 76, had been in and out of the hospital since a massive heart attack last March that was followed by open-heart surgery, his wife, Ginette DePreist, told The Oregonian newspaper.

DePreist was director emeritus of The Juilliard School’s conducting program in New York. He was the Oregon Symphony’s music director from 1980 Login to read more

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