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Rafael de Castro was a graduate of Northwestern University. In addition, he studied music composition with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and conducting with Pierre Monteux. He was assistant conductor to Victor Alessandro with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. He has concertized in all of the Americas and has taught in several institutes of higher learning including Texas Lutheran College. Mr. de Castro has composed several works in the larger musical forms including a Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, a Concert Overture, a Violin and Piano Sonata and several solos for different instruments. His compositions have brought much happiness to listeners of his music and his students remember him as a dedicated teacher who loved life. Mr. de Castro was preceded in death by his loving wife, Evelyn de Castro. He is survived by his son, Rafael de Castro, Jr. and his wife, Margaret; his brother, Manolo de Castro; his sisters, Concepcion, Josefina, Lina, Elvia, Mirtha de Castro; his sister-in-law, Aurora de Castro; his beloved granddaughter, Elizabeth Michelle de Castro; and numerous other relatives and friends.
The dispersal of ashes will take place in Evanston, Illinois, along with those of his beloved wife, Evelyn. This is where their live long journey began. I love you Mom and Dad. You are together again - rest well.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the San Antonio Symphony would be appreciated: San Antonio Symphony; PO Box 658; San Antonio, Texas 78293-0658. Please visit our online guestbook at www.puenteandsons.com.
Published in Express-News on Aug. 11, 2013
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