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German conductor Kurt Masur dies at 88; reinvigorated New York Philharmonic

German conductor Kurt Masur dies at 88; reinvigorated New York Philharmonic

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.

Masur's tenure, one of the longest in philharmonic history, “both set a standard and left a legacy that lives on today,” philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien said in a statement announcing the conductor's death Saturday.

“What we remember most vividly is Masur's profound belief in music as an expression of humanism,” said VanBesien. “We felt this powerfully in the wake of 9/11, when he led the philharmonic in a moving...

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