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April 4, 2014

Paul Salamunovich, respected choral conductor, dies at 86

Los Angeles Times:

Paul Salamunovich, the widely respected choral conductor who led the Los Angeles Master Chorale for 10 years, died on Thursday. He was 86 and was suffering from multiple health complications due to West Nile virus.

Salamunovich served as music director of the Master Chorale from 1991 to 2001, and later became the organization's director emeritus. Under his leadership, the chorale continued to rise in international prominence and take on adventurous programming that put new music alongside classical standards.

As a conductor, Salamunovich also worked frequently in the movie industry, leading choral performances for the soundtracks of prominent movies including "A.I.," "Grand Canyon" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula."

In addition, he served for 50 years as the choir director at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood. He brought his expertise in Gregorian chants and other ecclesiastical music to bear in numerous concerts, including an audience with Pope John Paul II.

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Posted by acapnews at April 4, 2014 12:00 AM