Lorin Levee dies at 61; principal clarinetist with the L.A. Philharmonic

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 Walt Disney 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 Grant Park Symphony, the Chicago Lyric Opera 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


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