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Henry Lewis

Nombre Real:
Henry Jay Lewis
Perfil:
Henry Lewis (Conductor) Born: October 16, 1932 - Los Angeles, California, USA Died: 1996 The black American conductor, Henry Lewis, began studying piano at the age of five and later learned to play the clarinet as well as several string instruments. After six years as a double-bassist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, he played (double-bass) with and conducted (in Germany and the Netherlands) the Seventh Army Symphony while serving in the United States Armed Forces (1955-1956). After returning to the USA, he founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 1963 he travelled with it in Europe under the auspices of the State Department. He gained national recognition in 1961 when he was appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, a post he held until 1965. During a music career that spanned nearly five decades, Henry Lewis gained wide respect as a conductor, instrumentalist, and pioneer in the classical music world. In 1968 he became the first black to head a major American orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and in 1972 he debuted at the New York Metropolitan Opera, conducting Puccini's La Boheme. After serving as a guest conductor of major symphony orchestras in the USA and abroad, Henry Lewis moved to Newark, New Jersey, where in 1968 he became conductor and music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, a small community ensemble. He transformed the ensemble into a nationally recognized orchestra that annually performed more than a hundred concerts, including outreach programs for local communities. From 1960 to 1979 he was married to famed opera singer Marilyn Horne, who considered him her ‘teacher and right hand’. After retiring from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 1976, he conducted opera and orchestra guest engagements. From 1989 to 1991 he was chief conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hilversum. He continued to tour as a guest conductor until his death from a heart attack at the age of 63. Source: Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); Africana Website (by Roanne Edwards) Contributed by Aryeh Oron (August 2001)
Variaciones de su Nombre:
Lewis
Discografía:
Título Formato Lanzamiento Rol
Musicals! 15 Hit Songs From Classic Musical Shows CD 1993
Joan Of Kent, The British Railway Musical CD 1993
Arien Von Bach Und Händel Vinyl
Piano Concerto No 1 / Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini Vinyl 1983
Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor Vinyl 1970
Also Sprach Zarathustra Vinyl 1970
Till Eulenspiegel / Don Juan Vinyl
Also Sprach Zarathustra Vinyl 1970
"Pastoral" Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68 Vinyl 1969
Kindertotenlieder / Wesendonck Lieder Vinyl 1970
Recital Vinyl 1965
Arien Von Bach Und Händel Reel-To-Reel
Also Sprach Zarathustra. Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche Vinyl
Arias From French Operas Vinyl 1968
Also Sprach Zarathustra Vinyl 1970
Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra Vinyl 1970
Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor Vinyl 1970
Mahler & Wagner Lieder CD 1997
Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 B-moll Vinyl
Recital Vinyl
Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor Vinyl 1970
Kindertotenlieder / Wesendonk-Lieder Vinyl 1970-07-00
Strauss: Don Juan - Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks Vinyl
Marilyn Horne Sings Bach And Handel Vinyl 1969
Marilyn Horne Sings Rossini Vinyl 1973
Prima Donna/Volume 5 / Great Soprano Arias From Handel To Britten / Semele/Oberon/Norma / Rigoletto/Tristan Und Isolde / Pagliacci/Gloriana Vinyl 1980
Oscar Hammerstein II's Carmen Jones: Original London Cast Recording CD 1991
Colaboraciones:
Título Formato Lanzamiento Rol
Musicals! 15 Hit Songs From Classic Musical Shows CD 1993 Conductor
Joan Of Kent, The British Railway Musical CD 1993 Written-By, Composed By
Arien Von Bach Und Händel Vinyl Conductor
Piano Concerto No 1 / Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini Vinyl 1983 Conductor
Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor Vinyl 1970 Conductor
Also Sprach Zarathustra Vinyl 1970 Conductor
Till Eulenspiegel / Don Juan Vinyl Conductor
"Pastoral" Symphony No. 6 In F Major, Op. 68 Vinyl 1969 Conductor
Sings Carmen Vinyl 1971 Conductor
Kindertotenlieder / Wesendonck Lieder Vinyl 1970 Conductor
Recital Vinyl 1965 Conductor
Arien Von Bach Und Händel Reel-To-Reel Conductor
Also Sprach Zarathustra. Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche Vinyl Conductor
The Essential Saint-Saëns CD 1995 Conductor
Arias From French Operas Vinyl 1968 Conductor
Presenting Marilyn Horne In Operatic Arias Vinyl 1965 Conductor
Presenting Marilyn Horne In Operatic Arias Vinyl 1965 Conductor
Also Sprach Zarathustra Vinyl 1970 Conductor
Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra Vinyl 1970 Conductor
Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor Vinyl 1970 Conductor
Mahler & Wagner Lieder CD 1997 Conductor
Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 B-moll Vinyl Conductor
Le Prophête Vinyl 1971 Conductor
Souvenir Of A Golden Era - The Sisters Garcia Vinyl 1966 Conductor
Recital Vinyl Conductor
Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor Vinyl 1970 Conductor
The Essential Saint-Saëns CD 1995 Conductor
Kindertotenlieder / Wesendonk-Lieder Vinyl 1970-07-00 Conductor
Marilyn Horne Als Carmen Vinyl Conductor
Marilyn Horne Sings Bach And Handel Vinyl 1969 Conductor
Marilyn Horne Sings Rossini Vinyl 1973 Conductor
Prima Donna/Volume 5 / Great Soprano Arias From Handel To Britten / Semele/Oberon/Norma / Rigoletto/Tristan Und Isolde / Pagliacci/Gloriana Vinyl 1980 Conductor
Oscar Hammerstein II's Carmen Jones: Original London Cast Recording CD 1991 Conductor
Páginas Web:
http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/henry-lewis-first-black-conductor-major-symphony-orchestra
http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Lewis-Henry.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Lewis_(musician)
http://www.nytimes.com/1996/01/29/nyregion/henry-lewis-conductor-who-broke-racial-barriers-of-us-orchestrasis-dead-at-63.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

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