Kurt Masur, honorary conductor of Israel philharmonic, dies at 88

BERLIN - Kurt Masur, the German conductor who revitalized the New York Philharmonic and played a key role in peaceful protests in Leipzig that paved the way for the 1990 reunification of postwar Germany, died on Saturday at age 88.
Masur's distinguished musical career saw him rise from an orchestra coach at a theater in communist East Germany to roles including music director of the New York Philharmonic and principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Heh also held a lifetime title as Honorary Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Staff contributed to this report.