James DePreist, African American Conductor, KOLUMN Magazine, Kolumn

The African-American Conductor: James DePreist

The African-American Conductor: James DePreist
BY CHRISTOPHER PURDY | WOSU RADIO

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James DePreist. Born in Philadelphia in 1936, DePreist won the Dmitri Mitropoulos conducting competition while still a young man. He served as Leonard Bernstein’s assistant at the New York Philharmonic. Over a long career, DePreist was music director of the National Symphony, the Monte Carlo Orchestra, and most notably enjoyed a long tenure with the Oregon Symphony. In 2005 he was awarded the National Medal of the arts by President George W. Bush.

James DePreist died in 2012.




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