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Former music director of Louisville Orchestra has died

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The man credited for growing Louisville's Philharmonic Orchestra has passed away. The man credited for growing Louisville's Philharmonic Orchestra has passed away.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (WAVE) - The man credited for growing Louisville's Philharmonic Orchestra has passed away.

Lawrence Leighton Smith, former music director for the Louisville Orchestra, died in his Colorado home from complications due to a form of dementia according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The 75-year-old was the musical director for more than 10 years in the late 80s and early 90s in Louisville. The orchestra gained a world-wide reputation under his direction.

"Larry Smith had an enormous enthusiasm for music, especially contemporary music," said Louisville Orchestra's Concert Master Michael Davis.  "He understood the importance of the Louisville Orchestra to this city and to the music world as a whole. Larry devoted himself tirelessly to promoting that legacy."

Smith is survived by his wife Leslie.