2007-04-05 / Obituaries

Stephen Bruce Murray, 65

Stephen Bruce Murray, 65, died We d n e s d a y , March 28, 2007, at his home in Jamestown. Born in Newport, he attended Rogers High School and the University of Rhode Island before receiving his bachelor's and master's degree in music from the University of California at Los Angeles.

He was manager of the Des Moines Symphony in Des Moines, Iowa, from 1976 to 1979 and associated manager of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in Providence from 1979 to 1989. Bruce was a founder of Concerts on the Island, an organization that provided a venue for classical musicians in Newport from 1979 to 1993, and was its musical director throughout its existence. His musical compositions were performed by a number of orchestras, including the Rhode Island Philharmonic, New Music Ensemble, the Brockton Symphony, and a variety of solo artists. Until his retirement in 2002, he was a lecturer in music, film, and art history at Providence College and Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass.

An anti-Vietnam War activist, Bruce served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile from 1965 to 1967. He came to love the country and returned in later years for pleasure and to maintain his fluency in Spanish.

A Jamestown resident since 2002, he was a volunteer docent for the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association and for the Jamestown Historical Society and played keyboard with Tres Moutarde, a group of local musicians who specialize in early 20th century dance music.

He is survived by his adopted son, Edor Kabashi, of Montreal, Canada. The funeral will be private. A memorial service is planned for April 14.

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