Juilliard emeritus and conductor dies


One of the early African-American conductors of a major orchestra and National Medal of Arts winner James DePreist has died at age 76.

His manager, Jason Bagdade, said DePreist died at home Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

DePreist’s wife, Ginette, told The Oregonian her husband had been in and out of the hospital since a massive heart attack last March followed by open-heart surgery.

DePreist was director emeritus of The Juilliard School’s conducting program in New York. He was the Oregon Symphony’s music director from 1980 until 2003, transforming it from a part-time group into a full-time professional ensemble. DePreist also led orchestras in Quebec, Monte Carlo, Tokyo and Malmo, Sweden.

He was the nephew of the celebrated contralto Marian Anderson, who died in 1993.

Official welcomes ‘Lincoln’ concession


A Congressman who saw a flaw in the movie “Lincoln” says he is pleased the screenwriter has conceded an inaccuracy in its portrayal of an 1865 vote on slavery.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat who represents eastern Connecticut, said Friday he is hoping that a correction can be made before the film is released on DVD.

Screenwriter Tony Kushner said in a statement Friday it was not accurate to show two Connecticut congressmen voting against the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

But Kushner said his changes adhered to widely accepted standards for the creation of historical drama. He said he wanted to clarify the historical reality that the amendment passed by a very narrow margin.

Fracking drama gets run at Berlin prize


Matt Damon hopes that “Promised Land,” his dramaSFlbon the divisive practice of fracking, will win over international critics, despite a U.S. reception that disappointed the actor.

The movie on shale-gas drilling, directed by Gus Van Sant and with a script written by Damon and co-star John Krasinski, had its international premiere Friday at the Berlin film festival. It is one of 19 films running for the Golden Bear award.

Damon stars as a salesman persuading inhabitants of a small town to sell a big energy firm the right to extract gas from beneath their farmland.

The film was shot in western Pennsylvania.

Vindicator wire services

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