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Conductor Lorin Maazel dies at 84

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– Lorin Maazel, a world-renowned conductor whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, died Sunday at his home in Virginia. He was 84.

Maazel died at Castleton Farms from complications of pneumonia, according to a statement by The Castleton Festival, an annual festival Maazel founded with his wife in 2009.

Maazel guided nearly 200 orchestras in at least 7,000 opera and concert performances during 72 years at the podium, according to his website.

In 1960, he became the first American to conduct at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany.

He served as artistic director and chief conductor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin for five years starting in 1965.

He was music director of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1972 to 1982 and was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1988 to 1996.

In 2002, he was chosen music director of the New York Philharmonic, America’s oldest orchestra. Maazel served there for seven years and was with the orchestra at the time of its landmark visit to Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2008.

‘Prince of Pork’ Rep. Ken Gray dies

Former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray, who earned the nickname the “Prince of Pork” for bringing $7 billion in projects to his southern Illinois district, died Saturday at age 89.

Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort said Sunday that Gray died at a hospital after a long illness.

Gray was first elected to Congress in 1954 and served ten terms until high blood pressure forced him to retire in 1974.

He returned in 1984 to serve two terms but retired again, citing a muscular disorder caused by a tick bite during a congressional visit to Brazil.

Gray, a Democrat, was known for bringing federal projects to his depressed district, including a federal prison, an interstate highway, post offices and hospitals.

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