Death of American Composers Orchestra founder, 94main
A grandson of the opera encyclopaedist Gustav Kobbe, Francis Thorne composed more than 120 works including the well-known opera, Mario and the Magician.
Frustrated at the lack of opportunities for his fellow-creators, he founded the American Composers Orchestra in 1977 with conductor Dennis Russell Davies.
The ACO has premiered works by 800 US composers over 40 years.
Thorne died on March 7 in a Connecticut nursing home.