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Kurt Masur dies at 88Kurt Masur dies at 88
Kurt Masur, the German music conductor credited with revitalizing the New York Philharmonic into an orchestra of international renown, has died, the Philharmonic said. The 88-year-old classical music legend died in Greenwich, Connecticut, of complications from Parkinson's disease, the Philharmonic said on his family's behalf. Masur led orchestras and opera companies throughout Europe before serving as music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1991 to 2002. He was later named music director emeritus, becoming the first to receive that title and only the second after Leonard Bernstein to be given an honorary position.
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