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Remembering former Cleveland Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel
Principal Violist Robert Vernon remembers his friend and mentor, who passed away Sunday at his home in Virginia

Kabir Bhatia
Principal Violist Robert Vernon credits Lorin Maazel with expanding the Cleveland Orchestra's repertoire in the 1970s
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Former Cleveland Orchestra conductor Lorin Maazel died Sunday at age 84. Maazel was born in Paris in 1930 and was a prodigy who began playing violin at age 5. He first performed with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 12, and later serving as music director from 1972-1982. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia spoke with Robert Vernon, who has served as the orchestra’s principal violist since being hired by Maazel in 1976.
Remembering former Cleveland Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel

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Robert Vernon, remembering his friend and mentor, former Cleveland Orchestra conductor Lorin Maazel. In a statement, the orchestra credited Maazel with his "dynamic energy and fresh ideas," which included the first complete recording of Porgy and Bess with an all-African-American cast.
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