Lewis, Henry

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Lewis, Henry Gender: M
born on 16 October 1932 at 13:43 (= 1:43 PM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 23°19' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 18°59 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 07°14'

Henry Lewis


American musician and conductor, one of the first black conductors to break the color barrier and lead a major symphony orchestra.

From the time he was a wunderkind playing the double bass, his dream was live a life filled with music and conducting. At the age of 16, he rented the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and gave a recital. The following year he came under the guidance of Sylvia Kunin and he led her back-up orchestra when she started her TV show, "Debut." As a teenager, he made a debut himself with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a virtuoso on the double bass, an orchestra of which he eventually became the associate conductor.

In the following three decades, Lewis specialized in guest-conducting operas around the nation and the world, including the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Scottish Opera and the Hamburg State Opera.

In 1954, when drafted into the military, Lewis conducted an Army orchestra in Europe. Returning home to Los Angeles, he replaced an ailing maestro Igor Markevitch in a concert on 2/09/1961 and received raves for both his performance and for representing a racial break-through.

In 1960, Lewis married mezzo-soprano star Marilyn Horne; they had one daughter, Angela, and divorced after 19 years.

He was treated for lung cancer in 1993 and also suffered chronic heart problems. On 1/26/1995, he died of a heart attack at his apartment in New York, NY.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Horne, Marilyn (born 16 January 1934). Notes: Happy


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1949 (Gave recital at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre)
  • Social : Joined group 1954 (Drafted into the military)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1960 (Marilyn Horne)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 9 February 1961 (Subbed for Igor Markevitch)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1993 (Lung cancer)
  • Death by Heart Attack 26 January 1995 in New York (Age 62)
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Source Notes

Gauquelin Book of American Charts


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Lung)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Ailments, terminal attack)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Married 19 years, divorced)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Interracial (Wife anglo)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Marilyn Horne)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor (Symphony orchestra)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Double bass)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (One of first great conductors to break color barrier)