We have received word of the death of James DePreist, one of the first Afro-American conductors to make an international career. He was 76.
A nephew of the segregation-busting contralto Marian Anderson, he was music director of orchestras in Quebec, Malmo (Sweden), Monte Carlo, Tokyo and Oregon. Latterly, he was head of conducting and orchestral studies at Juilliard.
Over the years, he made more than 50 orchestral recordings, inlcuding an early Shostakovoich cycle with the Helsinki Philharmonic.