Madeira, Francis, American conductor, pianist, and composer; b. Jenkintown, Pa., Feb. 21, 1917. He received training in piano and conducting at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (1937–43). He was founder-conductor of the R.I. Phil, in Providence, R.I. (1945–80), and also appeared as a pianist in the U.S. and Europe. He composed several symphonic works. In 1957 he married Jean Madeira (née Browning) .
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