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ANGELO F. GATTO

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GATTO ANGELO F.

Angelo Gatto, (son of the late Yolanda and Paul Gatto) musician, composer, conductor, educator and violinist, was born in Largo, Cosenza, Italy and died peacefully on May 28, 2018, with his wife of thirty-three years, Margaret, by his side. In addition to Margaret, he leaves behind his son, Dr. Rex Gatto (Mickey), grandson, Shawn Gatto, great-granddaughter, Brooke, granddaughter, Maura Gatto Cermak (Jeff), sister, Raphalena Morelli, nieces, Donna Ree (Ron), Cheryl Hamilton (John) and Judy Perella (Fred) and cousin, Lily Piluso. He also leaves stepchildren, Clare Sladic (Gary) and Fiona Gilleland (Scott) and grandchildren, Jason and Anna Sladic and Ryan and Kevin Gilleland, predeceased by son, Paul Gatto (surviving spouse, Kelly and granddaughter, Alivia), brother, Eugene, sister, Carmela (Robert) and brother-in-law, Anthony Morelli. Angelo immigrated to Pittsburgh through Ellis Island as a very young child. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Duquesne University and a Master's from the Instituto Artistico Musicale in Milano. Angelo played violin with the Pittsburgh Symphony, hosted his own weekly radio program, conducted and played chamber music on WQED television and co-founded the Pittsburgh Youth Orchestra with Stanley Levin. In addition, he conducted the Allegheny Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Civic Symphony, the Pittsburgh Savoyards, The Pittsburgh Negro Opera Company and the Gatto String Ensemble. In 1964, he moved from Pittsburgh to Baltimore, Maryland. During his tenure as associate conductor of opera to Laszlo Halasz at Peabody Institute, he founded the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) in 1964 and conducted until his retirement in 2014, marking the 50th Anniversary of the orchestra. He led the MYSO on nine international concert tours throughout Europe and Asia. He also founded and conducted the Maryland Symphonette. Angelo's legacy is through his teaching: many of his students perform with major symphonies throughout the world. He also leaves over two hundred original compositions for symphony orchestra and chorus. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Allegheny Cemetery Chapel. Enter through Penn Avenue.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from June 14 to June 15, 2018
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