The formative Director of Choral Music at Juilliard, Abraham Kaplan, has died in his homeland at a great age.

Son of a Tel Aviv synagogue conductor, he was hired by Juilliard president William Schuman in 1961 and soon found himself working with Leonard Bernstein at the Philharmonic on Kaddish Symphony and the Chichester Psalms. Kaplan spent 16 years at Juilliard before being lured to the University of Washington in Seattle, with more time to pursue guest conducting. His own compositions include Sabbath services and other Hebrew liturgies.

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