Classical music composer Ezra Laderman dies at 90

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Posted: Mar 02, 2015 9:10 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Ezra Laderman, a classical music composer whose works ranged from symphonies to operas to music for Academy Award-winning films, has died. He was 90.

The Yale School of Music, where Laderman was dean from 1989 to 1995, announced his death on its website. The school said he died Saturday, but didn't give a cause.

His operas included "Marilyn," based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, which premiered at the New York City Opera in 1993, and he wrote the music for Oscar-winning documentaries "The Eleanor Roosevelt Story" and "Black Fox."

He wrote for soloists like Yo-Yo Ma and led numerous professional organizations, including a stint as president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He remained a professor at the Yale School of Music until he retired in 2013.