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Remembering James DePreist

OPB | Feb. 11, 2013 midnight | Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 10:39 a.m. | Portland

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The Oregon Symphony’s former music director, James DePreist, has died of complications from a heart attack he suffered last year. He was 76. DePreist had a history of kidney disease and had battled polio earlier in his life.

James DePreist

James DePreist

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In an interview with OPB’s Oregon Art Beat in 2003, DePreist described his conducting style.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever had any temptation to gyrate and to send my arms into orbit”

OPB caught up with two Oregon Symphony musicians today, who offered this tribute to the internationally-acclaimed maestro.

Flowers left in memory of DePreist.

Flowers left in memory of DePreist.

April Baer / OPB

We heard from Nancy Ives, the Oregon Symphony’s principal cellist, and Peter Frajola, associate concert master, remembering the late James DePreist. The music is the Oregon Symphony’s rendition of Ottorino Respighi’s “Roman Festivals,” from the symphony’s “Bravura” album, conducted by James DePreist.


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