Composer, conductor and pianist Lukas Foss led several orchestras in his career, and took the Brooklyn Philharmonic from a community orchestra to a vital part of New York City's music scene. Foss's curiosity led him to different musical styles, including the avant-garde and minimalism. He proudly stated that he never belonged to any school of music. Foss died Feb. 1. He was 86.
This interview was originally broadcast Oct. 7, 1987.