Famed Conductor Mariss Jansons, 76, Has Died

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One of classical music's most beloved conductors has died: Latvian-born Mariss Jansons, who was age 76 at his death on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jansons had long had a heart condition, which first became known when he collapsed on the podium while conducting in Norway more than 20 years ago. His death was initially reported by local media , followed by statements from several of the orchestras with whom he was closely associated, including Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Chorus in Germany, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Jansons had a fascinating and often tragic personal story. His father, Arvids Jansons, was a notable conductor. His mother, Iraida, was an opera singer and Jewish; her father and brothers were...

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Famed Conductor Mariss Jansons, 76, Has Died

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