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Calvin E. Simmons
Birth: Apr. 27, 1950
Oakland
Alameda County
California, USA
Death: Aug. 21, 1982
New York, USA

Orchestra Conductor. At the age of nine, he entered San Francisco, California's musical scene and began his dream of becoming a world-class musician. By the age of eleven, he was conducting the San Francisco Boy's Chorus. After working as assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic he became musical director of the Oakland Symphony at age twenty-eight. He was the first African-American to be named conductor of a major United States symphony orchestra and a frequent guest conductor with some of the nation's major opera companies and orchestras. He died in a canoeing accident at thirty-two. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
Colma
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: West Section, 24
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Jul 13, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7680460
Calvin E. Simmons
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Calvin E. Simmons
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