Death of James DePreist

November 21, 1936 - February 8, 2013
Portland, Oregon | Age 76

Conductor, Juilliard emeritus dies
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STEVEN DUBOIS, The Associated Press

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...

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