Symphony viola player Rodriguez dies

July 5, 2006 at 7:43 PM

PITTSBURGH, July 5 (UPI) -- Former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra member Jose Rodriguez has died at 89 from complications related to diabetes.

The Pittsburg Post-Gazette reported that Rodriguez, a member of the Pittsburgh company for 25 years, died Sunday at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, Pa.

Born the youngest of 10 in Barcelona, Spain, Rodriguez spent his musical career touring worldwide and performing in the world's great concert halls.

"He didn't retire until 75 because sitting around the house wasn't him," his eldest son, Manuel Rodriguez, said. "Then he would go down and sit in on rehearsals and meet with his buddies. (PSO home) Heinz Hall and the orchestra were his life."

He is survived by his wife and two sons, Manuel and Jorge.

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