Friday, January 2, 2009

James DePreist Bust by Rip Caswell Was Sponsored by Friends and Supporters

[James DePreist Bust, by Rip Caswell, Sculptor]

Photo of bust. Size and Number: Mid-Size; One of a kind. Dimensions: 24x17x11 inches. Price: Not Available for Purchase. Sponsored by friends and supporters of Maestro James DePreist. The Home page of Rip Caswell's website is It reads: “The surprise is not simply the beauty of the piece. The surprise is the life he coaxes from this elemental metal.”

The African American conductor James DePreist is the nephew of the great singer Marian Anderson. His biography at explains that he is the Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Laureate Music Director of the Oregon Symphony, and Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Juilliard School. He is also profiled at Maestro DePreist has previously led L'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Malmo Symphony in Sweden, and L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. Maestro DePreist was awarded the 2000 Ditson Conductor's Award by Columbia University. He was a 2005 winner of the National Medal of Arts for his contribution to American musical life as a distinguished conductor. He has also published two books of poetry, “This Precipice Garden” and “The Distant Siren”, which has a foreword by Maya Angelou.     

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