NY Philharmonic says German conductor Kurt Masur dead at 88

By Associated Press GEIR MOULSON ,

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German conductor and composer Kurt Masur smiles as he receives the De Gaulle-Adenauer prize in Paris. 

German conductor and composer Kurt Masur smiles as he receives the De Gaulle-Adenauer prize in Paris.  (Photo: Jacques Brinon)

BERLIN (AP) — 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.

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