Daniel Catan, 62
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Notable deaths of 2011: Classical music, dance and jazz

The Mexican-born composer, whose opera “Il Postino” premiered last season at L.A. Opera, died unexpectedly in his sleep in April. A resident of South Pasadena, Catan also composed the operas “Florencia en el Amazonas” and “La Hija de Rappaccini.” (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
The American composer died in April of complications from lymphoma. During his career, he composed major works for orchestras, including the L.A. Philharmonic, as well as for vocalists and solo instruments. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
The American composer, who died in February, was best known for his pioneering work with the electronic synthesizer. He also composed pieces for orchestra and worked as a teacher for many years. (Princeton University)
The Italian tenor died in September following a Vespa accident in Parma, Italy. Seen by many as the heir to Luciano Pavarotti, the singer performed in major opera houses around the world. He made his L.A. Opera debut in 2005 in “Tosca” and later performed in “Il Trittico” in 2008.  (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
The noted jazz drummer died in November of a bone marrow disorder. He gained fame as a member of the Bill Evans Trio and eventually became a composer and the leader of his own groups. (Fred R. Conrad / Associated Press)
The famed jazz musician and music arranger died in October. He worked in the field of progressive jazz and worked with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He also wrote the themes for TV’s “The Fugitive” and “Run for Your Life.”  (Los Angeles Times)
The American violinist died in March from liver disease. The former prodigy was a star of the classical-music world, but substance abuse cut short his promising career.  (Associated Press)
The Czech violinist died in July following a long illness. He founded the Suk Trio and the Suk Chamber Orchestra.

Photo: Josef Suk (violin), Josef Hala (piano) and Josef Chuchro (cello). (Handout)
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