Former St. Louis Maestro Hans Vonk Dies
By Tom Weber, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – Former St. Louis Symphony music director Hans Vonk died Sunday at the age of 63. He helped raise the symphony to international prominence.
He had a rare condition similar to Lou Gehrig's Disease, which forced him to retire two years ago. The Post-Dispatch's Music Critic Sarah Bryan Miller says Vonk tried to keep his condition private until it started affecting his work. Vonk had to conduct sitting down towards the end of his tenure.
That's where there will be a memorial for Vonk this week in the Netherlands.