German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch dies at 89

BERLIN (AP) — Celebrated German conductor and pianist Wolfgang Sawallisch has died at age 89.

The Bavarian State Opera, which Sawallisch led from 1971 to 1992, says he died Friday at his home in Grassau, Germany.

Sawallisch was musical director of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1993 to 2003, guiding the renowned ensemble through a period of financial and artistic turmoil.

He also directed the Bayreuth Festival, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, La Scala in Milan and Tokyo's NHK Orchestra.

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