Lorin Levee, 61, principal clarinetist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1981, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, a Philharmonic spokeswoman said. He had a blood disorder.
Levee's last concert was Jan. 8 at
Concert Hall, a program of Dvorak, Liszt and Saint-Saens that was led by guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Levee did not join the L.A. Philharmonic on its recent trip to Venezuela.
Born July 8, 1950, in Chicago, Levee had played with the L.A. orchestra since 1976, first as a bass clarinetist before becoming principal clarinetist at the start of the 1981-82 season.
Before arriving in Los Angeles, Levee attended DePaul University in Chicago and played with Chicago's
Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra.
A concert Thursday at Walt Disney Concert Hall was dedicated to Levee.
-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports