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SALT LAKE CITY — Maurice Abravanel

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Maurice Abravanel, music director of the Utah Symphony from 1947 to 1979, died Wednesday at 90.

Born in Greece, he grew up in Switzerland and studied in Berlin with composer Kurt Weill.


He made his conducting debut at 21, and in 1933 was named music director of George Balanchine's Paris Ballet.

He came to the United States three years later, and at 33 became the youngest person to conduct the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

On Broadway, he conducted a number of Mr. Weill's musicals, including "Knickerbocker Holiday," "One Touch of Venus" and "Street Scene." He won a Tony in 1950 for his work on Marc Blitzstein's "Regina."

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