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April 18, 1998 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though famed American contralto Marian Anderson was his aunt, conductor James DePreist never thought he'd go into the business himself. "The family had given at the office, so to speak," DePreist said recently. "But music was such fun, in vocational terms. I had studied piano when I was young, like everyone else, then timpani and percussion. But everything I was doing was avocational. I planned to be a lawyer."
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April 18, 1998 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though famed American contralto Marian Anderson was his aunt, conductor James DePreist never thought he'd go into the business himself. "The family had given at the office, so to speak," DePreist said recently. "But music was such fun, in vocational terms. I had studied piano when I was young, like everyone else, then timpani and percussion. But everything I was doing was avocational. I planned to be a lawyer."
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October 22, 1988
We read with interest your recent stories on the remarkable growth phenomenon of South Coast Repertory. These stories brought back years of memories. However, those of us who lived close to the formation and forward movement of this exciting group are dumbfounded and very disappointed at the glaring omission of the name of James dePriest. Jim dePriest started Actors Circle Theatre in Long Beach in 1965 with Ron Thronson. In 1967 this group merged with David Emmes and Martin Benson's group to form South Coast Repertory.
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December 13, 1986 | KENNETH HERMAN
San Diego Symphony musicians will conduct a series of concerts in January and February. Even if the current impasse in contract negotiations is resolved this month, the earliest possible date for the musicians to perform in Symphony Hall under the symphony association's aegis would be March 1. Since the 1986-87 winter season was canceled, the musicians have played several ad hoc concerts on their own.
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February 8, 2013 | By Sherry Stern
James DePreist, the conductor and educator who had been artistic advisor forĀ  Pasadena Symphony and Pops since 2010, died on Friday at 76. DePreist died at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., of complications from a heart attack he suffered last spring. In 2005, DePreist received America's highest artistic honor, the National Medal of Arts, from President George W. Bush. He was a nephew of the great contralto Marian Anderson. PHOTOS: Arts & culture by The Times DePreist, who contracted polio in 1962, conducted from a wheelchair.
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January 21, 1987 | KENNETH HERMAN
At a time when San Diego Symphony musicians could use a healthy infusion of hope, an ideal tonic might be provided at Saturday's performance of Beethoven's Ninth ("Choral") Symphony at Civic Theatre. But it will take more than the work's lofty humanism to sustain the instrumentalists, who have not had a paycheck since mid-September.
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July 14, 2002 | MARK EDWARD HARRIS
On the afternoon of June 14, 2001, Mario Miragliotta was driving near Green River, Utah, on his way to Aspen, Colo., where he was to participate in the American Academy of Conducting. Afterward, the 31-year-old with the twinkling eyes and wry smile was to go to Texas to lead the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. But on this day, he was too tired to be behind the wheel. He fell asleep. His 1993 Isuzu Rodeo rolled several times, breaking his neck.
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April 9, 1993 | BURT A. FOLKART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Marian Anderson, whose richly textured contralto voice was for years muted because of the color of her skin but who lived long enough to see her artistry acclaimed in the concert halls of the world, died Thursday. Miss Anderson, who had suffered a stroke last month, died in Portland, Ore., at the home of her nephew, James DePriest, music director of the Oregon Symphony. In declining health, she had lived with DePriest and his wife since last July.
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