Herbert Barrett Dies

Classical music manager Herbert Barrett, 97, died of heart failure in New York City November 5th.

Barrett has been a staple in classical music for more than 50 years, working with hundreds of artists from Carlos Chavez to Ravi Shankar.

He began in the 1930s as a public relations consultant, working with such clients as Benny Goodman and Cadillac, then began a management career that included clients George Gershwin and Arturo Toscanini.

He was also instrumental in founding the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center’s Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall).

Barrett stepped down as president of Herbert Barrett Management in January 2006 but remained chairman until his death.