Ernest Fleischmann, the impresario who dominated the Los Angeles Philharmonic for nearly 30 years as it was transformed into one of the top orchestras in the country, has died. He was 85.

Fleischmann died Sunday at his Los Angeles home surrounded by his family, the Philharmonic announced. The cause was not given.

As the Philharmonic's visionary manager, he was a famed talent scout who had a hand in every large and small decision concerning the orchestra from 1969 to 1998. He was, as conductor Pierre Boulez once said, "like an eagle, flying but looking down at the smallest mice," able to see the big picture but also able to spot talent with the canny eye of both a promoter and a music lover.

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