James DePreist

Artistic advisor to the Pasadena Symphony and Pops and one of the few African American conductors to lead major orchestras in the United States and abroad, DePriest overcame polio in his 20s to pursue a conducting career that took him to stages from Sweden to Japan over four decades. He was 76. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-0209-james-depreist-20130209,0,5688964.story" class="center_label">Full obituary</a>

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( Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / February 19, 2013 )

Artistic advisor to the Pasadena Symphony and Pops and one of the few African American conductors to lead major orchestras in the United States and abroad, DePriest overcame polio in his 20s to pursue a conducting career that took him to stages from Sweden to Japan over four decades. He was 76. Full obituary
Notable deaths of 2012

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