- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Barry Socher, who played in the Los Angeles Philharmonics’ first violin section for 35 years, has died at 68.

The philharmonic says the recently retired Socher died Saturday after a battle with cancer.

Musical director Gustavo Dudamel dedicated Sunday’s Walt Disney Concert Hall matinee to him.

Socher had also been concertmaster for the Los Angeles Master Chorale Orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic and the Ojai Festival and Oregon Bach Festival orchestras.

He founded the Armadillo String Quartet, taught at Idyllwild School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and served on the faculties of Pomona College and the University of Southern California.

A successful composer as well, his “FinTango” was performed by the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl last year at his final concert with the orchestra.

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