Veteran Musician Dead at 93
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Philip Kahgan, former principal violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic who also left his mark on numerous Paramount Pictures movie scores, has died. He was 93.
Kahgan died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a mortuary official said Sunday. The cause of death was not disclosed.
The Russian-born Kahgan emigrated to the United States in 1909.
He joined the Philharmonic in 1921, where he was the principal violist for 20 years. For 48 years, he performed orchestral music for many of Paramount’s movies including the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby ″Road″ comedies.
Kahgan’s contributions to the performance of classical music in Los Angeles included 40 years of organizing the Museum Concert Series at the county Museum of Natural History.
As supervisor of the concert series, Kahgan coordinated more than 1,700 concerts by 1983.
Kahgan is survived by his wife, Florence, a son and daughter. A funeral was scheduled for today at Beth Olam Cemetery, said Richard Connick, a counselor at Gold Cross Mortuary.