NY Philharmonic says German conductor Kurt Masur dead at 88

December 19, 2015 3:30 PM

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BERLIN — Conductor Kurt Masur, who was credited with helping prevent violence after the collapse of communism in East Germany and later reinvigorated the New York Philharmonic during an 11-year stint as music director, has died at 88.

Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien announced his death in a statement Saturday, saying “it is with the deepest sadness that I write on behalf of the Masur family and the New York Philharmonic that Kurt Masur — our inspiring Music Director, 1991-2002, and Music Director Emeritus — passed away” ...

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