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Longtime Charleston conductor dead at 60

Oct 25, 2010 10:02:00 AM - thestate.com
The music director and conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra for 25 years has died.

James McAlister III of James A. McAlister Funeral Home says David Stahl was 60-years-old when he died Sunday. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Stahl had been fighting lymphoma for the two months.

Stahl is credited with building the symphony from a community orchestra to one that received praise from musicians worldwide.

Earlier this year, the symphony announced it was shutting down because of expenses and a drop in donations because of the economy.

Stahl announced a year ago he would be stepping down and would serve as laureate conductor for three years while his replacement was found.