1 of first black conductors of a majo...

1 of first black conductors of a major orchestra, James DePreist, dies; was Juilliard emeritus

There are 1 comment on the Medincine Hat News story from Feb 8, 2013, titled 1 of first black conductors of a major orchestra, James DePreist, dies; was Juilliard emeritus. In it, Medincine Hat News reports that:

In this May 9, 2002 file photo, James DePreist, talks about his conducting career as he sits in his high rise apartment overlooking downtown Portland.

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Hal Rutenberg

Bryn Mawr, PA

#1 Feb 8, 2013
One of my closest friends in Philly and Univ of Penn.I was proud to have been in his jazz band in the 50s; not many are aware of how great a jazz drummer he was.He and I played in the jazz clubs in Hong Kong together just a few months before he contracted polio in Thailand while traveling as an emissary for the United States spreading the universal beauty of Jazz(he was hired by the legendary Edward R. Murrow)!
He had a beautiful, charismatic soul,and was a talented poet.
I give my condolences to his family and have "old stories" of his wonderful essence in the times that I knew him well.
If they would like to contact me, my e-mail is haltreeem@verizon.net

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