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Newell Jenkins,81, a conductor and musicologist whose...


Newell Jenkins,81, a conductor and musicologist whose discoveries shed light on the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic repertories, died Saturday in New York.

His Clarion Concerts, a series he started in 1958, helped listeners to discover hundreds of rare works gleaned from his visits to palace and monastery archives in Europe.

His specialty was Italian music, particularly that of Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Gaetano Brunetti and Simone Mayr. He also championed the music of Joseph Martin Kraus, an 18th-century Swedish court composer.

James Chester "J. C." Raulston,56, who built one of the country's most admired arboretums, was killed Saturday in a car accident in Raleigh, N.C.

A professor of ornamental horticulture at North Carolina State University, he founded the university's arboretum in 1975. It is home to the nation's largest collection of redbuds and junipers, a foot perennial border and the world's only collection of dwarf loblolly pines.

In 1992, the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta named Mr. Raulston's arboretum the best in the United States.

Ronnie Scott,69, a saxophonist whose London club became a mecca for the most famous jazz musicians in the world, collapsed and died Monday at his London home, friends said yesterday. The cause of death was not immediately known. He founded the club bearing his name in Soho in 1959.

Lorenzo Alvary,87, a bass who was heard regularly in character roles at the Metropolitan Opera for more than three decades, died Dec. 13 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

The native of Debrecen, Hungary, made his professional debut in Vienna in 1937 and his U.S. debut at the San Francisco Opera two years later. He became an American citizen in 1944.

His first performance at the Met, in November 1942, was as Zuniga in Bizet's "Carmen," a role he sang 51 times with the company.

All told, the New York City resident sang 983 performances of 53 roles at the Met. He appeared most frequently as Antonio in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," which he sang 104 times, and Alcindoro in Puccini's "La Boheme," which he performed 93 times.

Princess Maria Cristina de Borbon y Battemberg,temberg, 85, an aunt of Spain's King Juan Carlos, died yesterday of heart failure, the royal palace said in Madrid, Spain. She was the sister of Juan de Borbon, who ceded his rights to the Spanish throne in favor of his son, Juan Carlos.

Juan de Borbon's father, King Alfonso XIII, abdicated in 1931 upon the declaration of the Second Spanish Republic and the family went into exile during the 36-year dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco.

Pub Date: 12/25/96

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