Kevin Charles

Pioneering Conductor James DePreist Dies At 76

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One of the early African-American conductors of a major orchestra and National Medal of Arts Winner James DePreist has died.

DePreist’s wife says her husband had been in and out of the hospital since a massive heart attack last March followed by open-heart surgery.

DePreist was 76 years old.

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