Izler Solomon, long identified as the conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra but known locally for his frequent guest appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the 1950s and '60s and particularly for his conducting of the American premiere of Darius Milhaud's epic opera "David" at the Hollywood Bowl in 1956, died Monday.
The one-time violinist was 77. He had been inactive since he suffered a stroke in 1976.
His son, David, said his father died in a hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., where the family had lived for several years.
Two Decades in Indianapolis
As a violinist, Solomon won the National Young Artists' Contest in 1931 and soon became concertmaster of the newly formed Lansing (Mich.) Symphony Orchestra. When the conductor's health failed, Solomon took over the podium and began a career that was to take him to Chicago, New Orleans and eventually Indianapolis, where he led the symphony from 1956 to 1975.
He had made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 1946 and for more than 20 years led the Los Angeles Philharmonic there for such guest artists as Artur Rubinstein, Jerome Hines, Jussi Bjoerling, and Walter Gieseking.