NEW YORK (AP) _ Robert Bass, the longtime musical director of New York City's renowned Collegiate Chorale, died Monday. He was 55.
Bass, who underwent a heart transplant last year, died at his home in Manhattan of complications from amyloidosis, a rare blood disease, said his publicist, Joshua Marcum.
Bass became music director of the Collegiate Chorale in 1980 and was instrumental in raising its profile with a wide repertoire of choral and operatic works and styles including multimedia productions.
The chorale was founded in 1941 by Robert Shaw and took its name from its first rehearsal space, the Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. It has established a national reputation built in part on a 1948 performance of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" with Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
Last season, he conducted the New York premiere of Leonard Bernstein's "A White House Cantata" and the U.S. premiere of Handel's "Giove in Argo" at Avery Fisher Hall. In July, he traveled to Israel with The Chorale, where he conducted a performance at the Tel Aviv Museum.
Bass also served as artistic director of the Olga Forrai Foundation, which supports the careers of young singers and conductors, and was a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) _ Former Portland Trail Blazers center Kevin Duckworth, a two-time All-Star, died Monday. He was 44.
Duckworth, part of a Trail Blazers goodwill tour, was scheduled to hold a basketball clinic on the Oregon coast when he died. The cause of death was to be determined, but the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said there was no indication of foul play.
The 7-foot Duckworth averaged 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds over 11 seasons in the NBA, helping Portland reach the NBA finals in 1990 and 1992. The two-time All-Star also played for San Antonio, Washington, Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Duckworth was known as a jokester and a "big loving teddy bear," said Phoenix Suns coach Terry Porter.
Duckworth grew up in the Chicago area and was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs out of Eastern Illinois University in 1986. The Spurs traded him that season to the Trail Blazers. He retired in 1997.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Dave Freeman, co-author of "100 Things to Do Before You Die," a travel guide and ode to odd adventures that inspired readers and imitators, died Aug. 17. He was 47.
Freeman died Aug. 17 after a fall at his Venice home, his father said.
An advertising agency executive, Freeman co-wrote the 1999 book with Neil Teplica. It was based on a Web site the pair ran together from 1996 to 2001.
The book's recommendations ranged from the obvious _ attending the Academy Awards and running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain _ to the more obscure _ taking a voodoo pilgrimage in Haiti and "land diving" on the Island of Vanuatu, which Freeman once called "the original bungee jumping."
The success of "100 Things" inspired dozens of like-minded books, with titles such as "100 Things Project Managers Should Do Before They Die" and "100 Things Cowboys Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die."
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ Tad Mosel, television screenwriter and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "All the Way Home," died Sunday. He was 86.
Mosel died at a hospice in Concord, N.H., said a longtime friend, Ted Walch.
Mosel wrote TV screenplays beginning in the late 1940s and into much of the '50s, a period often called the Golden Age of television. Among the shows he worked on were "Playhouse 90," "Studio One" and "Producers' Showcase."
In November 1960, "All the Way Home," Mosel's stage adaptation of James Agee's autobiographical novel "A Death in the Family," opened on Broadway to critical acclaim, running for more than 300 performances and winning the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
The production, directed by Arthur Penn, featured Colleen Dewhurst, Lillian Gish and Arthur Hill. Set in 1915, it chronicled the struggles of a Tennessee family after the father is killed in an auto accident.
Mosel also wrote several movies including "Dear Heart" (1964), starring Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page, and "Up the Down Staircase" (1967), based on the Bel Kaufman best seller about big-city schools, which starred Sandy Dennis.
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CHICAGO (AP) _ Jabir Herbert Muhammad, a longtime manager of boxer Muhammad Ali and son of the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, died Monday. He was 79.
Muhammad died at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago after heart surgery, his son said.
Muhammad managed Ali's boxing career from 1966 until 1981 and his post-fighting career for another 10 years. He went on to a career in business.
He was an adviser to Elijah Muhammad until his death in 1975. He also served as the Nation of Islam's chief business manager and established the Nation's weekly newspaper.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ Ralph Young, half of the Sandler and Young singing duo and a legend of the big band era, died Friday. He was 90.
Young died at his home in Palm Springs after a brief illness, his wife said.
He sang with Les Brown's Band of Reknown and formed his own band when he served stateside in the Army during World War II.
The European charm of the Belgian-born Tony Sandler complemented Young's down-to-earth Bronx humor. Their baritone voices blended well, with Sandler singing songs in their original language while Young sang along with an English translation. Their first album sold more than a million copies.
The pair recorded 22 albums, appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Tonight Show," and headlined concerts at legendary nightclubs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City and Europe.
Young moved to the California desert in 1983 and continued to sing with the "The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies." He also guest-starred and participated in charity concerts in California.