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18 July 2012
Today marks the 85th birthday of Philharmonic Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur, born in Brieg, Silesia, in 1927.
His first major orchestral appointment began in 1955, as Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic: thus was launched an international career that has included the top artistic posts of the Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and, of course, the New York Philharmonic, which he served as Music Director from 1991 to 2002.
A noted humanitarian, who has received honors from New York City to Germany, a highlight of Masur’s Philharmonic tenure was the Memorial Concert, nine days after 9/11/2001, in which he conducted a powerful and still lauded performance of Brahms’s German Requiem.
New Yorkers can revel in Kurt Masur’s mastery of Brahms November 8–13 when he kicks off the 2012–13 season’s survey of all of the German Romantic’s symphonies and concertos.