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US orchestra chief dies of coronary at 57

Kevin Hagen, an executive who revitalised the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and Opera Southwest, has died of a heart attack, aged 57.

An operatic baritone by training, he worked at the Milwaukee Symphony, the Florida Symphony, the Denver Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra before working his turnaround magic in New Mexico. Sadly, the orchestra folded after the 2008 crash.

He is survived by a son, Ryan, and by his younger brother, the composer Daron Hagen, who notified us of the loss.

The funeral is today in Albuquerque. You can read Ryan’s account of his life here.


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  1. Jack Fishman says:

    Thank you for posting this tragic news. I was shocked to hear the news. I worked for Kevin years ago in the Florida Symphony. He was a great orchestra manager and an even greater person. The orchestra world would be a different place if we had more like him. His brother has posted a moving tribute on his web site at

  2. Thank you for posting this, Norman. Kevin was indeed an extraordinary man. My tribute to him can be found at this link:

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