Death of a US idealist who founded two national orchestrasmain
Gerald Brown, founder-conductor of the national symphony orchestras of Bolivia and Costa Rica, has died in Arizona at the age of 75.
He founded the Bolivian National Orchestra in the 1960s, fresh out of the US Peace Corps, and conducted them for 29 years. He was then involved with Costa Rica for the rest of his life.
The Nashville Symphony conductor Giancarlo Guerrero cites Gerald as a formative influence.