Hannah Shapero has mailed the following notice:
‘My father, composer Harold Shapero, passed away today (May 17) at around 5:15, of old age, 93 years. He had been struggling with health problems for many years. His ordeal is over and he is now finally at peace.’
A friend of Aaron Copland’s, Shapero made his breakthrough when Leonard Bernstein conducted his “Symphony for Classical Orchestra” with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1947. He progressed from neo-classicism to other musical genres, but his greatest renown came as a teacher of the next three generations of composers at Brandeis. Here’s a college appreciation.