The Pasadena Symphony is saddened to learn about James DePreist’s sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Ginette, his family, and his friends and colleagues.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we mourn the passing of our dear friend and Artistic Advisor James DePreist.  Maestro DePreist, or Jimmy as he preferred to be called, was not only a consummate musician and trailblazing conductor, but also the most thoughtful, loving and centered human being who touched us all so deeply”, states Paul Jan Zdunek, Chief Executive Officer of the Pasadena Symphony Association, “It is fitting that we remember his life and spirit this weekend with the previously scheduled Symphony No. 4 of Gustav Mahler which ends with an ethereal movement describing ‘The Heavenly Life.’”

During his time in Pasadena, he was beloved in our community and made an enormous impact with everyone he encountered as our Artistic Advisor. DePreist made an indelible impact with his vision and artistic guidance. He was a great friend and his work with orchestras around the world will leave an unforgettable legacy. His was a giant in American music and a true national treasure.

Paul Jan Zdunek, CEO – Pasadena Symphony Association
Diane Rankin, President – Pasadena Symphony Association