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Conductor Lorin Maazel dead at 84

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Lorin Maazel, an internationally known conductor and musician, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia at his Virginia home, where he was preparing for the annual Castleton Festival. He was 84.

Over his lifetime, Maazel oversaw multiple music organizations, from the New York Philharmonic to the Vienna State Opera. Maazel spent most of his time conducting, but also composed such works as 1984, an opera based on George Orwell’s book of the same name.

In 2009, Maazel and his wife Dietlinde Turban-Maazel started the Castleton Festival, a place where young artists can retreat to for performances and training sessions. According to a statement on his official website, Maazel told the festival’s audience on its opening night this past June that working with the young musicians is “more than a labor of love — a labor of joy.”