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Tributes to late Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra director Maazel continue

| Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Tributes to Lorin Maazel, and celebrations of his life and work, are continuing after his death in July at 84. The conductor led more than 5,000 performances with more than 150 orchestras during his career, which included being music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1996.

The next Maazel memorial will take place at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 31, just a few blocks from Lincoln Center in Manhattan, where he was music director of the New York Philharmonic from 2002 to 2009. Among those performing will be flutist James Galway, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and members of the New York Philharmonic. Conductor Alan Gilbert, who succeeded Maazel with the Philharmonic, will speak about Maazel's contributions to music.

The event will be live streamed at castletonfestival.org. Maazel and his wife Dietlinde Turban Maazel founded the festival in 2009 on their 600-acre estate in Virginia.

Orchestras across Europe, the United States and Asia have paid tribute to Maazel since his passing. Starting in his 20s, the conductor took advantage of the opportunity to see the world via guest conducting engagements.

Maazel was a second-generation American born in Paris and raised in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, where he attended Peabody High School and the University of Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Symphony played Johann Sebastian Bach's Air on G String in his memory at its opening subscription concerts in September. Those evenings also featured video tributes by music director Manfred Honeck, who played under Maazel in the Vienna Philharmonic, and principal bassoon Nancy Goeres. The program booklet featured written thoughts about Maazel by principal oboe Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, principal horn William Caballero and former concertmaster Andres Cardenes.

In addition, the symphony set up a multimedia exhibit in the second-floor lobby of Heinz Hall, which will remain up through the end of the year. It features videos of Maazel speaking and conducting, as well as audio-only interviews and recordings — including the maestro conducting Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony when he was 11.

Maazel conducted virtually every major orchestra in the world during a career which lasted more than 70 years and made recordings with many of them. Some of his recordings have been available continuously since he made them. Now, record companies have begun reissuing their parts of his vast discography, some on inexpensively priced boxed sets.

Mark Kanny is classical music critic for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7877 or mkanny@tribweb.com.

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