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Conductor James DePreist Dead At 76


One of the few African-American conductors on the world stage has died.

James DePreist was director of conducting and orchestral studies at the Juilliard School and laureate music director of the Oregon Symphony.

Born in Philidelphia in 1936 he was the nephew of contralto Marian Anderson.

DePreist was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence in 2005.

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