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2011 year in review: Notable deaths in classical music and jazz

December 29, 2011 | 10:32 am


From operatic to symphonic composers, from jazz musicians to virtuoso soloists, the classical-music and jazz worlds lost a number of greats in 2011.

PHOTOS: Notable Deaths of 2011: Classical Music and Jazz

In L.A., the biggest loss came in April when composer Daniel Catán died unexpectedly at 62. The Mexican-born composer, who lived with his family in South Pasadena, debuted his last opera, "Il Postino," last season at L.A. Opera.

Other names that should be familiar to local music fans are composer Peter Lieberson, singer Salvatore Licitra and jazz drummer Paul Motian.


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— David Ng

Photo: Composer Daniel Catán in 2007. Credit: Pacific Symphony.