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Tallahassee Symphony Founder Dead At 73

July 20, 1987

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Nicholas Harsanyi, the first and only conductor of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, has died. He was 73.

Harsanyi died Sunday at a Tallahassee hospital, where he was taken after a heart attack about a week ago.

Harsanyi came to the United States in 1938 from his native Budapest, Hungary, as a Princeton University exchange fellow. He eventually became a U.S. citizen and joined the military, where he was a conductor.

He later became conductor of the Trenton (N.J.) Symphony orchestra and the Michigan-based Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. In 1970, he accepted the dean’s chair in the music school at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

He and his wife, Janice, moved to Tallahassee after his wife accepted a voice professor’s job at Florida State in 1979. He founded the Tallahassee symphony in 1981.

No funeral was planned, but a memorial service will be held in several weeks, said Harsanyi’s wife, Janice. In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations be made to Florida State University Foundation Harsanyi Fund, which will support scholarships in his name.

His survivors include his wife, a son, and a granddaughter.

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