BERLIN RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT

Kurt Masur leads an all-Mendelssohn program with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin) on June 17th at the Berlin Philharmonie. The concert features the Ruy Blas Overture and Symphonies Nos. 4 ("Italian") and 3 ("Scottish"). Maestro Masur has been a renowned interpreter of Mendelssohn since his legendary tenure as Kapellmeister of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, a position also held by Mendelssohn himself for many years.



STATEMENT FROM KURT MASUR REGARDING HIS RECOVERY

To my dear Friends and Audiences,

Greetings to all of you in the musical community.

Many of you do not know that after my hip replacement surgery in Israel in February 2013, I had, unfortunately, an additional accident and several complications in the hospital in Germany. Helas, the consequences were much more severe this time and the recovery therapy is taking longer than we have anticipated. At this moment things are looking up and I am on the mend and eager to return to the podium very soon. However, I do have to ask for your understanding as the exact date for my return cannot be pinned down as of yet. I am very hopeful and do everything in my power to stand again on the podium for Beethoven's 9th symphony on June 22, 2013 in Cologne, Germany.

I thank you for your loyalty and support.

Hopefully yours,

Kurt MASUR



HOMMAGE TO DUTILLEUX

It is with great sadness that we say farewell to one of the great but at the same time humble composers of the 20th/21st century. Unfortunately, I have not conducted his works enough but every time I have met him it was a special present for me. His knowledge, his talent, his humanistic spirit make him for me one of the most amazing and inspiring artists of this century. I wish and hope that his legacy will be carried on and will continue to play an important role for French composers internationally.
We shall miss him.
With admiration,
Kurt MASUR



KURT MASUR WITHDRAWS FROM SEVERAL ENGAGEMENTS DUE TO HIP REPLACEMENT

Maestro Masur's office has announced today, that due to Maestro Masur's recent hip replacement surgery on February 6, 2013, he will have to withdraw from scheduled conducting engagements through the month of March 2013. These include a tour of Germany with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlin, Regensburg, Cologne and Duesseldorf as well as two concerts with the Orchestre National de France in Paris. Maestro Masur looks forward to returning to the podium soon.



BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY CYCLE WITH DRESDEN PHILHARMONIC

Kurt Masur will lead the Dresden Philharmonic in several concerts of Beethoven symphonies in Dresden, followed by a complete symphony cycle in Munich, November 30 - December 11. The programs in Dresden are: Symphonies 1-3 on November 30, 4 & 5 on December 1, and 6 & 7 on December 6. The first two programs will be performed at the Schauspielhaus in Dresden, and the third at the Albertinium. Following those concerts, Maestro Masur and the Dresden players head to Munich to present a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies at the Gasteig on four consecutive days, December 8-11. The first two concerts, featuring Symphonies 1-3 and 4 & 5, respectively, will be afternoon concerts; the final two, featuring Symphonies 6 & 7 and 8 & 9, will be in the evening. For the Ninth, Masur will be joined by soloists Christiane Libor, soprano; Birgit Remmert, mezzo-soprano; Pavol Breslik, tenor; and Hanno Mueller-Brachmann, bass-baritone.



NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS

Kurt Masur returns to the podium of the New York Philharmonic to lead seven all-Brahms concerts over two weeks. On November 8-10 and 13, Masur will conduct a program featuring the Double Concerto (with soloists Glenn Dicterow, violin and Alisa Weilerstein, cello) and Symphony No. 2; concerts November 15-17 feature Symphonies No. 3 and 4. The two weeks of programs mark the beginning of the New York Philharmonic's season-long survey of Brahms's complete symphonies and concerti. Masur was Music Director of the Philharmonic from 1991 - 2002, after which he became the first conductor named Music Director Emeritus in the orchestra's history.



CONCERTS WITH LPO AND ONF

Late October sees Kurt Masur on the podiums of two orchestras with which he has a close relationship. On October 20, Masur conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall, in a program featuring Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture, Schumann: Cello Concerto (with Alban Gerhardt), and Beethoven: Symphony No. 7. Masur then travels to Paris to lead the Orchestre National de France at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in an all-Brahms concert. Lars Vogt joins Maestro Masur for the Piano Concerto No. 1 in the first half, and after intermission Masur and the ONF perform Symphony No. 2. Masur was Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic from 2000-2007. From 2002-2008 he was Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, where he holds the title of Honorary Music Director for Life.



KURT MASUR SPEAKS ABOUT PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Dear Colleagues, Musicians and beloved audiences,

These past several months I experienced a joyful and for me personally very touching return to the podium since my accident in Paris last April 2012. Two subscription concerts and a gala with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in celebration of my 85th birthday, the beginning of a Parisian Brahms cycle with the Orchestre National de France, a masterclass with the Baltic Youth Orchestra at the Usedom Festival in Germany and a wonderful reunion with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in July 2012.

It is at this time, after serious reflection, I have decided, together with my wife Tomoko and my family, to officially announce that I have been living with Parkinson's disease for the past few years. I have had the fortune of receiving great medical care since the diagnosis, enabling me to continue my conducting activities. These recent events have served as a good opportunity to make a return to the podium with a greater sense of purpose and awareness.

Making music is my life and I consider it a great privilege and deep joy to be able to continue doing what I love the most. My family and I thank you for your support and understanding. My fall schedule and the rest of the season remain as announced on my home page and I look forward to sharing this coming season with you all.

Kurt MASUR


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SENZOKU GAKUEN UNIVERSITY (JAPAN) MASTERCOURSE
Kurt Masur will lead an extended conducting mastercourse at Senzoku Gakuen University in Japan, featuring two separate all-Brahms programs over eight days. Maestro Masur will work with conducting students from September 6-13, with concerts on the 8th and 13th. The program for the first concert will feature Symphony No. 1 (conducted by the students) and the Haydn Variations (led by Masur). For the second concert, the students will lead Symphony No. 4, and Masur will conduct the Academic Festival Overture.

GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will return to the podium of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig for three concerts, September 27-29. The program for the first two evenings will feature Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite, Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture, and Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Suite. On the 29th, the orchestra will celebrate its Mendelssohn Gala and Maestro Masur's 85th birthday, with Masur conducting the Tchaikovsky. Earlier in the week on September 23, Masur will join scholoarship recipients in conducting a concert at the Mendelssohn Academy. Maestro Masur led the Gewandhaus Orchestra as kapellmeister for over 25 years; Mendelssohn himself held the same position from 1835-1847.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE CONCERT
Kurt Masur will return to the podium of the Orchestre National de France (where he holds the title Honorary Music Director for Life, after serving as music director from 2000-2008) for an all-Brahms program on September 20. The concert, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, features the composer's Symphony No. 1 as well as his Violin Concerto, for which Masur reunites again with Sarah Chang.

TEACHING AND CONDUCTING AT USEDOM
Kurt Masur will teach and conduct at the Usedomer Musikfestival for the first time, working with young conductors and the Baltic Youth Symphony. Masur will work with the young musicians September 11-14, with a culminating concert on the 15th. The program will feature Mussorgsky/Gorchakov: Pictures at an Exhibition (led by the students) and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1, led by Maestro Masur.

PODIUM RETURN AT TANGLEWOOD
Three months after falling and fracturing his shoulder blade during a concert in Paris, Kurt Masur returns to the podium leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood on Sunday, July 22, with some help from family. For Sunday's concert, Masur will conduct Mozart's Symphony No. 36 ("Linz") in the second half of the program, while the first half — featuring Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 with soloist Gerhard Oppitz — will be led by his son, conductor Ken-David Masur.

UPDATE ON MAESTRO MASUR'S CONDITION
Maestro Masur was very touched by all wishes for speedy recovery and support from orchestras, friends and fans, and thanks everybody for the love and attention that he received after his fall from the podium in Paris on April 26, 2012. While he is grateful to have escaped more serious injury, a further scan of the Maestro's left shoulder has now indicated that his shoulder blade is indeed fractured. Therefore Maestro Masur has to withdraw from all his scheduled concerts through the end of June 2012 and hopes to resume his conducting activities at the beginning of next season in September 2012. Doctors at the Parisian hospital where Maestro Masur has been treated for the past three days are confident that he will make a full recovery.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE CONCERTS
In mid-April, Kurt Masur visits Paris for three concerts with the Orchestre National de France. On the 19th, the first of two subscription concerts at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées features the Dvorak Violin Concerto with soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter and Schubert's Symphony No. 9. The second concert, on the 26th, includes Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6. Between those two performances, a special concert for Amnesty International will be given at the Théatre du Châtelet on April 25. For this performance, Maestro Masur will lead the ONF in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Sarah Nemtanu and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1. Maestro Masur holds the title Honorary Music Director for Life with the Orchestre National de France, and returns to its podium regularly.

SHANGHAI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Kurt Masur takes to the podium of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in Shanghai, China, for a concert on April 7. The program features Maestro Masur leading an all-Bethoven concert, with the Egmont Overture, Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 2. Later in the month, Masur returns to the Orchestre National de France -- where he is Honorary Music Director for Life -- to lead two programs in Paris.

CONCERTS WITH BAYERISCHE STAATSKAPELLE
Kurt Masur will lead the Bayerische Staatskapelle in two concerts, March 26 and 27, at the Staatsoper in Munich. The program will feature Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. Up next for Maestro Masur: an all-Beethoven program in Shanghai with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

STATEMENT FROM KURT MASUR
I have decided to withdraw from my upcoming performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston and New York, due to the physical demands of this particular piece -- Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. John Oliver, conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, will lead the Boston performances. I am proceeding with my plans to lead concerts with the Israel Philharmonic in Israel, the Bayerische Staatskapelle in Munich, Germany, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in Shanghai, China and the Orchestre National de France in Paris, France in March and April.

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will visit the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for four concerts, March 12 - 17, 2012. Maestro Masur, who holds the lifetime title of Honorary Guest Conductor with the IPO, will lead all-Beethoven programs in Tel-Aviv (March 12, 13 and 17) and Jerusalem (March 16). The program will feature the Inicdental Music to Egmont and the Symphony No. 7 on the 12th and 13th. On the 16th and 17th the symphony is paired with the Egmont Overture.

MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC CONDUCTING SEMINAR
Kurt Masur will lead a conducting seminar at the Manhattan School of Music February 13-17, focusing on works by Beethoven: the 6th and 7th Symphonies, and the Egmont Overture. The course — the latest in in Maestro Masur's long-standing teaching relationship with the conservatory — will culminate with a concert on Friday, February 17, featuring the student conductors leading the symphonies and finishing with Masur conducting the overture. For more details, visit the Manhattan School of Music website.

LONDON AND GERMANY WITH THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
Kurt Masur will lead the Philharmonia Orchestra in four concerts, February 2-5, at home in London and on tour in Germany. The first concert, at Royal Festival Hall, will feature Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, performed by soloist Arabella Steinbacher, and Bruckner's Symphony No. 7. For the three concerts that follow (February 3 in Berlin, February 4 in Hannover, February 5 in Mannheim) the Bruckner will instead be joined by the Schumann Cello Concerto, performed by soloist Daniel Müller-Schott.

ALL-STRAUSS WITH ONF
Kurt Masur will lead an all-Richard Strauss program with the Orchestra National de France on November 24 at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The program features Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings, excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier, and Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. Soloists for Der Rosenkavalier will be Valentina Farcas, soprano (Sophie), Cornelia Ptassek, soprano (Marschallin) and Andrea Hill, mezzo-soprano (Octavian).

BRAHMS WITH THE BSO
Kurt Masur, a favorite guest conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for many decades, will return to the podium at Symphony Hall to lead an all-Brahms program. The three performances, October 20-22, will feature Brahms's Symphony No. 3 and Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Nicholas Angelich. These concerts are the first of two visits to Boston for Masur this season. He returns in February to lead Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, having agreed to replace Maestro James Levine for those concerts.

"BABI YAR" AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Kurt Masur, Laureate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, returns to the podium of Avery Fisher Hall to lead the orchestra in two great works from the symphonic repertoire: Shubert's "Unfinished" Symphony and Shoshakovich's Symphony No. 13, "Babi Yar". Bass Sergei Leiferkus joins Maestro Masur in the Shostakovich, as he did when Masur presented and recorded the work with the Philharmonic in the early 1990s.

ONF IN PARIS: BRAHMS, MOZART AND REGER
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France at Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on October 6. The program will feature Brahms: Haydn Variations, Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 and Reger: Mozart Variations. Performing the solo in the concerto is Helen Huang, who has performed with Maestro Masur numerous times since he first presented her as soloist with the New York Philharmonic when she was 10 years old.

GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will return to the podium of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, for three concerts, September 22-24. The program for the first two concerts will feature Mendelssohn's Hebridies Overture (also known as Fingal's Cave), a selection of Schubert lieder with baritone Matthias Goerne, and Schubert's Symphony No. 9. On the 24th, for the orchestra's Mendelssohn Gala, the program will be repeated without the lieder. Maestro Masur led the Gewandhaus Orchestra as kapellmeister for over 25 years; Mendelssohn himself held the same position from 1835-1847.

FINNISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT HELSINKI MUSIC CENTRE II
Kurt Masur will lead the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on September 16, in one of the first concerts at their newly opened hall, the Helsinki Music Centre II. The program for this concert will feature Mozart: Symphony No. 36 ("Linz") and Bruckner: Symphony No. 7.

BEETHOVEN'S NINTH AT TONHALLE
Kurt Masur will visit the podium of the Tonhalle Orchestra at its home in Zurich, Switzerland, for a pair of performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The concerts, June 29 and 30, also feature the Schweizer Kammerchor and an all-star quartet of soloists: Melanie Diener, soprano; Birgit Remmert, mezzo-soprano; Jorma Silvasti, tenor; and Rene Pape, bass.

ADENAUER-DE GAULLE PRIZE

At a ceremony in Paris, the two Commissioners for Franco-German Cooperation presented the Adenauer-de Gaulle Prize to this year's laureates, Pierre Boulez and Kurt Masur. To mark this occasion, the two Commissioners released the following statement:

"The award of the Adenauer-de Gaulle Prize to Pierre Boulez and Kurt Masur not only pays tribute to two extraordinary artists of our age but also to two great Europeans who have played a prominent role in modern European history and in the Franco-German friendship.

"The careers of Pierre Boulez and Kurt Masur – who both worked for many years in Germany and France – embody the creativity and originality which Europe as a community of shared values continues to produce.

"Germany and Europe were still divided when the Adenauer-de Gaulle Prize was launched. The two laureates found themselves on different sides of this dividing line. Even then, however, their works managed to overcome this frontier. Today we are celebrating not just their life’s work but also the special Franco-German friendship and the great European project which Kurt Masur and Pierre Boulez epitomize in such an impressive way. Their courage and free thinking should inspire us to tackle the challenges ahead and to shape Europe’s future."


SPRING TOUR OF US PODIUMS
The months of March, April and May 2011 will see Kurt Masur visiting the podiums of a number of leading US orchestras. During that time, Masur will guest conduct the orchestras of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Maestro Masur begins in California, visiting the San Francisco Symphony from March 10-12 and the Los Angeles Philharmonic from March 24-27. An all-Mendelssohn program is featured in San Francisco, with the "Italian" Symphony and A Midsummer Night's Dream. In Los Angeles, the program includes Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave Overture, the Brahms Violin Concerto with Sarah Chang, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8. Following LA, Masur heads to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (March 31 and April 2; Bruckner's Fourth Symphony and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 with Louis Lortie) and the New York Philharmonic (April 13-16; Liszt: Les Preludes, Gubaidulina: Two Paths for two violas and orchestra, Brahms: Symphony No. 1). The Gubaidulina work was originally commissioned by Masur's wife, Tomoko, and premiered by Cynthia Phelps and Rebecca Young, who will be the soloists for these performances as well. Maestro Masur completes his US visit with the Cleveland Orchestra, April 21-23, with a program of Mendelssohn: Fingal's Cave Overture, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 (with David Fray) and Brahms: Symphony No. 4; the National Philharmonic, April 28-30, with Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture, Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 (with Sarah Chang) and Brahms: Symphony No.1; and the Philadelphia Orchestra, May 6-7 with Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6.

FEBRUARY CONCERTS
In February, Kurt Masur will visit two orchestras with which he has long relationships: the London Philharmonic Orchestra (of which he was Principal Conductor from 2000-2007) and the Orchestre National de France (where he holds the title Honorary Music Director for Life, after serving as music director from 2000-2008). In London, Maestro Masur will conduct the LPO in an all-Brahms program. The February 4th concert at Royal Festival Hall will include the Symphony No. 1 as well as the Double Concerto, in which Masur will be joined by soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Daniel Mueller-Schott. Later in the month, Maestro Masur will be in Paris to lead the Orchestre National de France in a concert version of Beethoven's Fidelio. The two performances, February 21st and 23rd, will feature an exceptional cast of singers, including Jorma Silvasti as Florestan, Melanie Diener as Leonore, Sophie Karthaeuser as Marzelline, and Matthias Goerne as Don Pizzaro.

CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA
Kurt Masur will visit the podium of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam for three concerts, January 26-28, 2011. The performances feature a selection of works primarily from the 20th century: Britten's "Simple Symphony", Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony, Hindemith's Concert Music for Brass and Strings, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, in the 1954 orchestral arrangement by Sergei Gorchakov.

ONF IN PARIS AND FREIBURG
Kurt Masur, Honorary Music Director for Life of the Orchestre National de France, returns to the podium of the ONF for two concerts, January 20 and 21, 2011. The concert on the 20th, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, will feature a program of Tckaikovsky waltzes, including selections from operas, ballets and symphonies. In Frieburg on the 21st, pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja will perfrom Schumann's piano concerto, in a program that also includes the composer's Genoveva Overture and Symphony No. 2.

CONDUCTING MASTERCOURSE IN DETMOLD
Kurt Masur will lead a conducting mastercourse in Detmold, Germany, January 12-15, 2011. The works studied will be Brahms: Haydn Variations, Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Schumann: Symphony No. 4, Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. The course will be held at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, and participants will work with the Orchestra of the Hochscule, both for the study sessions and the culminating concert, to be held the evening of January 15 at the Konzerthaus.

GEWANDHAUS CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will return to Leipzig for a set of three concerts at the Gewandhaus with the Gewandhausorchester, January 6-8, 2011. The program for these concerts will feature Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Louis Lortie, and Dvorak: Symphony No. 8. Masur led the Gewandhausorchester from 1970 to 1996, making him one of the longest-tenured Kapellmeisters in the orchestra's long history. In 1996 he was named its first-ever Conductor Laureate.

NEW YEAR'S EVE IN SHANGHAI
Kurt Masur will travel to China to lead the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in a celebratory concert on New Year's Eve. The concert, at 7:00 PM at the Shanghai Grand Theater, will feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Joining maestro Masur and the orchestra will be soloists Melanie Diener, soprano; Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano; John Daszak, tenor; and Sheng Yang, bass; and the Shanghai Opera Chorus.

CONDUCTING MASTERCOURSE IN BONN
Kurt Masur will lead a special conducting mastercourse in Bonn, Germany, December 13-16, 2010. This course is the culmination of Maestro Masur's series of courses on the symphonies of Beethoven, held in the city of the composer's birth. Beethoven's other symphonies have been covered during four previous mastercourses: Nos. 1 and 2 (October 2006); 3 and 4 (April 2008); 5 and 6 (October 2009); and 7 and 8 (November 2009). For the Ninth Symphony, Masur has invited back three outstanding participants from the earlier courses: Christoph Altstaedt, Mirga Grazynite and Joshua Kangmin Tan, each of whom will conduct one movement in the ending concert. They will be followed by Maestro Masur, who will lead the performance of the last movement, joined by soloists Malin Bystrom, soprano; Renata Pokupic, mezzo-soprano; Jorma Silvasti, tenor; and Georg Zeppenfeld, bass; with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Kurt Masur, a frequent guest conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will return to the podium of Symphony Hall to lead a set of three concerts, November 18-20. The concerts feature an all-Schumann program, with Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4, and the piano concerto with soloist Nelson Freire. Maestro Masur last conducted the BSO in August, leading a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in a concert that closed the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood season.

CONDUCTING SEMINAR AT MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Following the highly-successful conducting seminar in 2009, held at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, and continuing his long-standing relationship with the Manhattan School of Music, Kurt Masur will lead a conducting seminar from November 8-12, 2010. The repertoire for seminar is Schumann: Symphony No. 4, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3. These works will be led my the Maestro Masur and the student conductors at a culminating concert, held on the 12th at the school. For more information, visit the Manhattan Scool of Music website.

ECHO KLASSIK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Kurt Masur will receive the ECHO Klassik Lifetime Achievement award for 2010. The award announcement stated that Maestro Masur "embodies the tradition, experience and the eternal mutability of classical music in a new era." The award ceremonies will be broadcast on German television channel 2 (ZDF) at 10PM on October 17th. For more information from the ECHO Klassik website, click here.

PARIS, STOCKHOLM, DRESDEN
The month of October features Kurt Masur conducting in several of the great cities of Europe, leading three different orchestras. On October 7, Masur is in Paris with the Orchestre National de France — where he holds the title of Honorary Music Director for Life — with an all-Schumann program featuring the Genoveva Overture, the Cello Concerto (with Daniel Müller-Schott) and the Symphony No. 2. From Paris, Maestro Masur travels to Stockholm to lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in a pair of concerts (October 14 and 16) at the Konserthuset, the program featuring Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Bruckner's Symphony No. 9. On the 24th of October, Masur will be in Dresden, leading the Dresden Philharmonic in Bruckner's Symphony No. 3, the performance to be held at the legendary Kreuzkirche. For complete details, see the Calendar.

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY CYCLE AT SANTA CECILIA
Kurt Masur will spend the month of September in Rome, leading the famed orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia in a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies. The symphonies will be performed across four pairs of weekly concerts, with Symphonies 1-3 on September 2 and 3, numbers 4-5 on September 9 and 10, 6 and 7 on September 16 and 17, and 8 and 9 on September 23 and 24. For the Ninth Symphony, Maestro Masur will be joined by soloists Malin Bystroem, soprano; Carolin Masur, mezzo-soprano; John Daszak, tenor; Ralf Lukas, bass; and the Choir of Santa Cecilia. For complete details, see the Calendar.

BEETHOVEN NINTH WITH BSO AT TANGLEWOOD
Kurt Masur will return to the podium of the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, on August 29th, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Masur, a frequent guest of both the Tanglewood Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center educational program, and a long time favorite of the BSO, will be joined by Nicole Cabell, soprano; Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano; Garrett Sorenson, tenor; John Relyea, bass-baritone and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, director. The concert closes the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2010 Tanglewood season. For complete details, see the Calendar.

RIO DE JANEIRO CONCERT WITH KEN-DAVID MASUR
A lot of anniversaries were celebrated this August. Kurt Masur conducted for the first time forty years ago the Orquesta Sinfonica Brasileira in a Beethoven cycle of all the nine symphonies. When he returned to the Orchestra 1974, his future wife was playing viola in the same orchestra. In 1975 they married. The relationship to the Orchestra continued. Tomoko studied in the meantime voice in Leipzig and returned as a soloist with her husband to Rio. A long standing friendship connects the Masurs with the current music director, Roberto Minczuk, who was for three years solo horn player of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Tomoko and Kurt Masur's son Ken-David has become a conductor in the meantime and is active in the USA. Therefore, the idea was born, to present father and son in a joint concert. This way could 35 years of harmonious marriage be celebrated in this city with the public. An amazing success with long standing ovation and a very enthusiastic audience. Future engagements in Rio will be repeated in the next years.

ORQUESTRA SINFÔNICA BRASILEIRA CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will visit the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira for three concerts in late July. For the first two concerts, Masur will lead a cycle of Brahms's symphonies, with Nos. 1 and 2 on July 23 and Nos. 3 and 4 on July 27. On July 31, Maestro Masur will share the podium with his son, conductor Ken-David Masur, in a concert program dedicated to "Love". The program will feature Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy and Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Suite, led by Kurt Masur, and Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, excerpts and Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, led by Ken-David. While in Brazil, Kurt Masur will also lead a rehearsal/mastercourse with the Brazilian Youth Symphony Orchestra. For complete details, see the Calendar.

CLOSING CONCERT AT MAGGIO MUSICALE
Kurt Masur will conduct the closing concert for the 73rd Maggio Musicale Fiorentino festival in Florence, Italy on June 22. The open-air concert will feature Beethoven: Symphony No. 9. Maestro Masur will lead the Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale and will be joined by soloists Adriana Pieczonka, soprano; Birgit Remmert, mezzo; John Daszak, tenor; and Matthias Goerne, bass. For complete details, see the Calendar.

ONF AND MOZART
Kurt Masur, Honorary Music Director for Life of the Orchestre National de France, will lead the ONF in an all-Mozart program on June 10 in Paris. The concert, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, will feature Mozart's final three symphonies: Nos. 39, 40 and 41 (the "Jupiter"). For complete details, see the Calendar.

DRESDEN PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will guest conduct the Dresden Philharmonic in two concerts, May 29 and 30, as part of the Dresdner Festspiele. The program for both performances, which will take place at the Kulturpalast, features Schumann: Manfred Overture, Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 (with Helen Huang), and Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony. For complete details, see the Calendar.

EINE ALPENSINFONIE RECORDING
A new recording of Richard Stauss's Eine Alpensinfonie, with Kurt Masur leading the Orchestre National de France, has been released on the Formations musicales de Radio France/Harmonie Mundi label. The disc features a live performance, recorded in concert on November 29, 2007 at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct a set of four subscription concerts, May 12-15, 2010. The concerts, all at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, will feature Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 and Bruckner: Symphony No. 7. Maestro Masur was Music Director of the New York Philharmonic from 1991-2002, following which he was named Music Director Emeritus, becoming the first New York Philharmonic music director to receive that title. For complete details, see the Calendar.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE MINI-TOUR IN GERMANY
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will travel to Germany for a three-concert mini-tour April 20-22, 2010. The first concert, on the 20th, will be held at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, with the performances on the 21st and 22nd taking place at the Philharmonie in Essen. The program for all three concerts will feature works inspired by Romeo and Juliet: Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite. Prior to the traveling to Germany, Masur and the ONF will present a concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on April 15. The program of works by Czech composers will feature Smetana's Overture to The Bartered Bride, and Dvorak's cello concerto (with Alban Gerhardt) and Symphony No. 8. Maestro Masur is Honorary Music Director for Life of the Orchestre National de France, where he was Music Director from 2002-2008. For complete details, see the Calendar.

PHILIHARMONIA ORCHESTRA IN LONDON, BIELEFELD AND BRUSSELS
Kurt Masur will lead the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra on a three-concert mini-tour from February 18-21, 2010. All three concerts feature a program of Mozart: Symphony No. 39, KV 543 and Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, performed in the "Haas edition", starting on February 18th at Royal Festival Hall in London. That performance will be followed by concerts at Rudolph Oetker Halle in Bielefeld, Germany on the 20th and the Palais de Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium on the 21st. For complete details see the calendar. For complete details, see the Calendar.

ONF IN CHINA AND TAIWAN
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre de France on tour with concerts in China and Taiwan, January 21-27, 2010. The tour repertoire features all-Beethoven programs, including Symphonies 3, 5, 6 and 7, and the Egmont and Fidelio overtures. Concerts will be held in Tainan, Taiwan on January 23, Taipei, Taiwan on January 24, and Beijing, China on January 26 and 27. Kurt Masur holds the title of Honorary Music Director for Life with the Orchestre National de France, frequently leading the ensemble on tour and at home in Paris. For complete details, see the Calendar.

JAPAN MASTERCOURSE AND CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will spend much of the month of December in Japan, teaching and conducting several orchestras, beginning with a four-day conducting mastercourse and ending with a broadcast of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. The mastercouse, held at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo runs from December 9 - December 12, with a culminating concert on the12th at Senzoku Gakuen Maeda Hall. The mastercourse and concert will feature an all-Mendelssohn program in honor of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. The following week Maestro Masur will lead two orchestras in programs featuring Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony: the Philharmonic Orchesrtra Kanazawa on the 15th and the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Osaka) on the 17th. Masur then returns to Tokyo for four performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the NHK Symphony Orchestra at NHK Hall. The concerts, held December 23, 24, 26 and 27 at NHK Hall will featuring Fumiko Ando, soprano; Masako Teshima, mezzo-soprano; Kei Fukui, tenor; and Akiya Fukushima, bass. The performance of the 23rd will be broadcast live on the radio and will be recorded for later broadcast on NHK TV. For complete details, see the Calendar.

PAULUS WITH THE ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
Kurt Masur will return to the Orchestra National de France to lead a performance of Mendelssohn's oratorio Paulus (St. Paul) The performance, December 3 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, will feature Matthias Goerne, baritone (Paulus); Ruth Ziesak, soprano; Christianne Stotjin, mezzo-soprano; Paul Groves, tenor; and the choir and children's choir of Radio France. Maestro Masur is Honorary Music Director for Life of the Orchestra National de France and founder of the International Mendelssohn Foundation. For complete details, see the Calendar.

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will return to the podium of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for a set of five concerts, November 10-15, 2009. Masur, who holds the title Honorary Guest Conductor for life with the IPO, will lead an all-Mendelssohn program, featuring the Fingal's Cave Overture, the Violin Concerto with Nikolaj Znaider, and the "Scottish" Symphony. Performances will be held in Tel-Aviv on November 10 and 14, Jerusalem on the 12th and 13th, and Yifat on the 14th. For complete details, see the Calendar.

TWO CONCERTS WITH ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
Honorary Music Director for Life, Kurt Masur leads the Orchestra National de France in two concerts, September 24 and October 1, in Paris. The concert on the 24th will feature Brahms's Violin Concerto with soloist Vadim Repin, and Beethoven's complete Incidental Music to Egmont, with actor Ulrich Tukur and soprano Melanie Diener. Incidental music will also be presented the following week, with the a performance of Grieg's complete music to Peer Gynt. Maestro Masur and the ONF will be joined by actors Marianne Pousseur and Eric Genovese, soprano Camilla Tilling, and the Choir of Radio France. The first half of the concert will feature Grieg's Piano Concerto, performed by Elisabeth Leonskaja. Both concerts will be held at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. For complete details, see the Calendar.

ELIJAH IN LEIPZIG
Kurt Masur will return to Leipzig to lead the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah. The two performances at the Gewandhaus, September 17 and 18, will mark the closing concerts of the 2009 Mendelssohn Festival Days. Joining Maestro Masur will be Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jorma Silvasti, tenor; Sophie Karthaeuser, soprano; Annette Markert, mezzo-soprano; and the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Choir. For complete details, see the Calendar.

LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA GERMANY TOUR
Kurt Masur will lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra on a four-city tour of Germany, September 6-10. The tour will start at the Philharmonie in Berlin on September 6, followed by concerts in Hannover, Köln and Düsseldorf on the 8th, 9th and 10th, respectively. The program for all four concerts will be the monumental Seventh Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich. For complete details, see the Calendar.

TANGLEWOOD CONCERTS WITH BSO AND TMCO
Kurt Masur continues his long-standing relationships with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with Tanglewood, as he visits for three concerts, one with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and two with the BSO. Masur will work with the TMCO—the main student orchestra at Tanglewood—in four days of rehearsals, August 12-15, culminating in a concert at the Koussevitsky Shed on Sunday, August 16. The all-Brahms program will feature Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 2, the former with soloist Garrick Ohlsson. On Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, Maestro Masur will take the podium of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for two concerts, both at the Shed. On the 21st, the program will feature Haydn: Symphony No. 88, Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 and Beethoven: Symphony No. 1. David Fray will be the soloist in the concerto. An all-Mendelssohn program will be presented on the 22nd: Fingal's Cave, the Violin Concerto (with Gil Shaham) and the "Italian" Symphony. For complete details, see the Calendar.

JUNE CONCERTS WITH ONF AND TONHALLE ORCHESTRA
After starting the month finishing a set of concerts in Dresden, Kurt Masur will complete June with visits to the Tonhalle Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France. Masur will be at the Tonhalle in Zurich, leading the orchestra in three performances, June 9-11. The program will feature the fourth symphonies of both Mendelssohn and Bruckner, the latter in the 1936 "Haas" edition. Later in the month, Masur will join the Orchestre National de France, where he holds the title of Honorary Music Director for Life, for three concerts: June 18 in St. Denis, in an all-Mendelssohn program, June 21 at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris for the annual Fête de la Musique, and Jule 26 in Toulouse, for an all-Beethoven program. For complete details, see the Calendar.

DRESDEN PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will lead the Dresden Philharmonic in three performances, May 30 - June 1, in a program featuring Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture and Violin Concerto, and Dvorak: Symphony No. 9. Anne-Sophie Mutter will be the concerto soloist for these concerts, the first two of which take place at the Kulturpalast in Dresden, and the last of which will be at Smetana Hall in Prague. For complete details, see the Calendar.

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will make another of his regular visits to the Israel Philharmonic, to lead a set of seven concerts from May 4 - May 12. The program for the first six concerts, May 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11, will be Schnittke: (K)ein Sommernachtstraum and Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream. All performances will be at the Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv, with the exception of May 7 in Jerusalem. On May 12, Masur and the orchestra will present a Festive Concert in Tel-Aviv, in celebration of Europe Day, the program featuring Mendelssohn: "Italian" Symphony and Beethoven: Symphony No. 7. Maestro Masur holds the lifetime title of Honorary Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic, and will next lead the orchestra in November 2009. For complete details, see the Calendar.

KURT MASUR TO LEAD CONDUCTING MASTERCOURSE AT PARK AVENUE ARMORY IN NEW YORK
Kurt Masur will lead a conducting mastercourse from April 22-25, co-presented by the Manhattan School of Music and the Park Avenue Armory, with all sessions held at the famed armory in New York. The course will cover works of Felix Mendelssohn: Symphonies No. 4 and No. 5, and the Ruy Blas Overture. All teaching/rehearsal sessions will be free and open to the public: 9:30AM on April 22nd, 5:00PM on the 23rd, 9:30AM on the 24th and 9:30AM on the 25th. The culminating concert at the Armory, with performances led by both the student conductors and Maestro Masur, has tickets available for purchase. For more information, and details on a dinner honoring Maestro Masur to be held on April 21, visit the Armory website.

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will guest conduct the National Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra in April for one week of subscription concerts each. In Washington D.C., Maestro Masur will lead the NSO in Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem, with soloists Heidi Grant Murphy and John Relyea, and the Master Chorale of Washington. The program, which also includes Brahms's Haydn Variations, will be presented on April 9 at 7PM and April 10-11 at 8PM at the Kennedy Center. With the Philadelphia Orchestra, Masur will conduct Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 and Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. Sergey Khachatryan will be the soloist in the concerto. The first performance, April 16 at 8PM, will take place in New Brunswick, NJ at the State Theater, with the following two performances, April 17-18 at 8PM, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. For more info, see the calendar. For concert details, see the Calendar.

BEETHOVEN CYCLES IN FRANKFURT AND BADEN-BADEN WITH THE ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will perform Beethoven symphony cycles in Frankfurt and Baden-Baden in March. Each cycle will feature the symphonies performed in order over four consecutive nights: Symphonies 1-3 on the first night, followed by 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9 in the concerts that follow. The Frankfurt cycle will take place from March 21-24 at the Alte Oper; in Baden-Baden performances will take place at the Festspeilhaus from March 26-29. For concert details, see the Calendar.

ELIJAH AND MORE WITH THE ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France in two performances of Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Masur, a renowned interpreter and champion of Mendelssohn's works, will be joined by soloists Malin Bistroem, soprano; Iris Vermillon, mezzo-soprano; Pavol Breslik, tenor; and Alastair Miles, bass-baritone. The chorus for the performances, which take place January 10 and 11, will be the Choir of Radio France. On January 15, Maestro Masur will lead the ONF in a program of Mussorgsky (Night on Bald Mountain; Songs of Dances and Death) and Tchaikovsky (Manfred Symphony). The soloist for the songs will be mezzo-soprano Marina Domashenko. For concert details, see the Calendar.

BOSTON, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, CLEVELAND
Kurt Masur will guest conduct four of the leading orchestras in the US from late January through early March. He will begin with a visit to Symphony Hall in Boston, where he will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in four concerts featuring an all-Mendelssohn program. The program, presented on January 22, 23, 24 and 27, will include the Overture to Fingal's Cave and Symphonies No. 3 and 4. Following Boston, Maestro Masur returns to the podium of the New York Philharmonic, for another all-Mendelssohn program, this one including the Ray Blas Overture, the Violin Concerto, and Die erste Walpurgisnacht. The concerts, February 4-7, will feature Anne-Sophie Mutter as the soloist in the concerto. After New York, Masur will lead the San Francisco Symphony in three performances, February 18, 20 and 21, featuring Gubaidulina: The Light of the End and Bruckner: Symphony No.4 . Masur will finish his US visit with two sets of concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra; the first at home in Severance Hall, the second on the road in Virginia and Florida. The program in Cleveland (four concerts, February 26 - March 1) will feature Janacek: Taras Bulba (not performed on the 27th), Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 (with Louie Lortie) and Beethoven: Symphony No. 7. For concerts in Newport News, Virginia (March 3) and Miami, Florida (March 6 and 7) the Janacek will be replaced by Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3.

"ADVENTURES IN LISTENING" PREMIERE
"Adventures in Listening: Kurt Masur", a new film by Amit Breuer, will premiere on December 9 at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. The film follows Masur to his mastercourses around the world, featuring interviews and footage from Poland, Brazil and New York. For more information, and the official synopsis, click here.



CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA
Kurt Masur will visit the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in early December in a set of four concerts, the first three to take place at the orchestra's home in Amsterdam, and the fourth at the Philharmonie in Essen. The program for the concerts, presented on December 3, 4, and 6 (Amsterdam) and December 7 (Essen) is Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 and Dvorak: Symphony No. 9. Pianist Nelson Freire joins Maestro Masur as soloist in the concerto. For concert details, see the Calendar.

ONF IN PARIS AND VIENNA
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France in five concerts in Paris and Vienna from November 19-27. The concerts will feature Bruckner symphonies and works of Beethoven and Liszt. The first program, presented at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, features Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 and Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1, the latter with soloist Louis Lortie. Mr. Lortie will again join Masur two days later at the Musikverein in Vienna, performing Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 on a program that also includes Bruckner: Symphony No. 3. A second concert at the Musikverein, on November 22, presents Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 this time with soloist Nelson Freire. Following Vienna, Masur and the ONF return to Paris for concerts at the Musée d'Orsay (25th) and again at the Théâtre du Châtelet (27th). Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 will be performed at both concerts. On the 27th the program also includes Liszt: Totentanz. For concert details, see the Calendar.

MENDELSSOHN CONCERTS AT SANTA CECILIA
Kurt Masur will visit Santa Cecilia in Rome in early November, leading the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in two programs of Mendelssohn over six concerts. The first program, featuring Elijah, will be performed on November 2, 3 and 4. Soloists for the oratorio will be Malin Byström, soprano; Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano; Jorma Silvasti, tenor; and Rene Pape, bass. Joining them will be the Santa Cecilia Choir. The program for the second set of concerts, to be performed on November 8, 10 and 11, will be Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, Violin Concerto, and Symphony No. 3 ("Scottish"). Maestro Masur is joined by violinist Sergey Kachatryan for the concerto. For concert details, see the Calendar.

GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will return to Leipzig for a set of four concerts with the Gewandhausorchester. The first three performances, October 16-18, will be held in Leipzig at the Gewandhaus; the final performance on the 19th will be in Stuttgart at the Liederhalle. Olli Mustonen will join Maestro Masur in performing Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1. The program for these concerts will also feature Schumann: Genoveva Overture and Brahms: Symphony No. 2. Masur led the Gewandhausorchester from 1970 to 1996, making him one of the longest-tenured Kapellmeisters in the orchestra's long history. In 1996 he was named its first-ever Conductor Laureate. For concert details, see the Calendar.

ROYAL STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC AND LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The beginning of October will see Kurt Masur on the podiums of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Maestro Masur will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in two performances, October 2 and 4, at the Konserthuset in Stockholm. The program for these concerts will be Mozart: Linz Symphony and Bruckner: Symphony No. 4. On October 8, Masur will return to lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he was Principal Conductor from 2000-2007. The program for this concert at the Royal Festival Hall will be Schubert: Rosamunde Overture, Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 with Louie Lortie, and Dvorak: Sympnony No. 9. For concert details, see the Calendar.

SIXTY YEARS AS A CONDUCTOR, FURTWÄNGLER PRIZE, CELEBRATED IN BONN
Kurt Masur will celebrate sixty years as a conductor, leading the Orchestre National de France in Beethoven's 8th and 9th Symphonies at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn on September 10, 2008. At the concert, the final in a complete Beethoven symphony cycle presented by Masur and the ONF, Maestro Masur will also be awarded the Furtwängler Prize in recognition of his entire career. For concert details, see the Calendar.

BEETHOVEN CYCLE IN BONN
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France in a cycle of Beethoven's complete symphonies at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, over four concerts from September 6-10. These performances follow Masur's extensive cycle in Paris in July, which included all the symphonies, piano concertos, the violin and triple concertos, and other works. The symphony cycle will be repeated in March 2009 in both Frankfurt and Baden-Baden. As in Paris, the Bonn performances will use the new Breitkopf Urtext edition. Masur and the ONF will be joined Melanie Diener, soprano; Carolin Masur, mezzo-soprano; Pawol Breslik, tenor; Hanno Mueller-Brachmann, baritone; and the Radio France Choir, in the Ninth Symphony on September 10. That concert will also serve to celebrate Maestro Masur's 60th anniversary as a conductor. For complete details, see the Calendar.

BEETHOVEN CYCLE WITH ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will close the 2008-2009 season with an extensive Beethoven cycle at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The performances will span eight concerts over a two-and-a-half week period, from June 26 - July 12. In addition to the complete symphonies, Masur and the ONF will present numerous overtures, all five piano concertos, the Violin Concerto and the Triple Concerto. The pianists joining Maestro Masur are Katia Skanavi, David Fray, Till Fellner, Louie Lortie and Nelson Freire. Gil Shaham performs the Violin Concerto, and the Beaux Arts Trio presents the Triple Concerto in the legendary ensemble's final concert with orchestra. These performances represent one of the first complete Beethoven symphony cycles using the new Breitkopf Urtext edition of the works. For complete details, see the Calendar.

\ ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC GALA AND CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will return to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct five concerts from June 2 - 9, the first of which is a gala concert celebrating the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel. The concert, held at the Frederick Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv, will feature on all-Mendelssohn program the includes the Overture to Fingal's Cave and the Third and Fourth Symphonies. The remaining concerts during Masur's visit will be held on June 4, 7 and 9 in Tel-Aviv, and on June 5 in Jerusalem. The program for these performances will be Haydn: Symphony No. 88, Walton: Cello Concerto with Steven Isserlis, and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6. For complete details, see the Calendar.

KURT MASUR IN ITALY
Kurt Masur will guest conduct the Orchestra of La Fenice and the Cherubini Orchestra on successive weeks, May 16 and 17 and May 23 and 24. The first set of concerts, at La Fenice, feature an all-Mendelssohn program that includes the Reformation Symphony, the Ruy Blas and Hebridies Overtures, and the Märchen von der schönen Melusine. The following week, concerts with the Cherubini Orchestra in Cremona and Pisa will feature Haydn: Symphony No. 88, Bach: D Major Suite, and Mendelssohn: Italian Symphony. For complete details, see the Calendar.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE US TOUR
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France in a tour of the Northeast US, from April 27 - May 2. The tour will feature performances in Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Newark and two concerts in New York. Maestro Masur will be joined by soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter and David Fray in programs including works of Beethoven, Bruckner, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. For complete details, see the Tours section or the Calendar.

BONN MASTERCOURSE
Kurt Masur will lead a conducting mastercourse in Bonn from April 5-9. This is the second in a series of mastercourses about the art of conducting Beethoven, held in the city of the composer's birth. The course will focus on the Third and Fourth Symphonies, as well as the Egmont Overture, all of which will be featured in the culminating concert on April 9. For more details on this mastercourse, and on Maestro Masur's lifelong commitment to teaching young musicians, view the Education section.

MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC MASTERCOURSE
Kurt Masur will lead a week-long conducting mastercourse at Manhattan School of Music from March 24-28. The week will feature Maestro Masur working with ten young conductors during daily rehearsals, culminating in a public concert on the evening of the 28th led by the participants. The works that will be studied in the mastercourse are Siegfried Matthus: Manhattan Concerto (comissioned by Manhattan School of Music), Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 and Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1. The mastercourse continues Maestro Masur's long relationship with Manhattan School of Music that began during his tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Masur has led a mastercourse or conducted the student orchestra approximately every two years since then. For additional details, view the Education section.

ST. MATTHEW PASSION WITH NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Kurt Masur will visit the New York Philharmonic in a set of four performances of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, March 19-22. Among the featured soloists will be Christine Libor, soprano; Anna Larsson, mezzo-soprano; Matthias Goerne, Baritone; and James Taylor as the Evangelist. They will be joined by the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Maestro Masur was named the Philharmonic's first Music Director Emeritus after leading the orchestra as Music Director from 1991-2002. For complete details on these concerts, see the Calendar.

GEWANDHAUS CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will return to Leipzig to lead two concerts with the Gewandhausorchester, March 6 and 7, 2008. The concerts will feature the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Bruckner: Symphony No. 3. Maestro Masur is Laureate Conductor of the orchestra, having been named to that position in 1996. From 1970 until 1996, he led the orchestra as its Kapellmeister, making him one of the longest-tenured directors in the history of the legendary orchestra. For complete details on these concerts, see the Calendar.

ORCHESRTE NATIONAL DE FRANCE RESIDENCY IN VIENNA
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will travel to Vienna for the first three concerts in a five concert residency at the Musikverein, split between February and November 2008. All five concerts will feature a Bruckner symphony combined with one of the five Beethoven piano concertos, performed in order over the five concerts. On February 26, the first concerto will be performed by Martin Helmchen on a program with Bruckner's Ninth Symphony. David Fray will perform the second concerto on the 27th, with Bruckner's Seventh following after intermission. The third concerto will feature Till Fellner, with Bruckner's Fourth completing the concert on the 28th. For complete details, see the Calendar.

ORCHESRTE NATIONAL DE FRANCE RESIDENCY IN ESSEN
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will visit the Philharmionie in Essen for a three-concert residency February 1-3. All concerts will feature works from both the French and Germanic musical traditions. On February 1, the concert combines Schubert's Unfinished Symphony with Franck: Psyche. Schubert: Symphony No. 9 will be on the program on February 2, along with Beethoven: Romances for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 & 2 and Dutilleux: Sur le meme Accord with Anne-Sophie Mutter. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Debussy: La Mer and Ravel: La Valse make up the concert on February 3. For complete details, see the Calendar.

LONDON PHILHARMONIC IN BEIJING
Kurt Masur will lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra in two concerts at the new National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing on January 5th and 6th. Masur and the LPO will be one of the first foreign orchestras to visit the new hall, which was inaugurated on December 22, 2007. The first concert will include Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, with Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 and Brahms: Symphony No. 1 featured at the second. For complete details, see the Calendar.

NEGRI-WEIZMANN-PASTEUR INSTITUTE BENEFIT AT LA SCALA
On December 9, Kurt Masur will lead the orchestra and chorus of La Scala in a performance of Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 at the historic Milan opera house. The concert will feature soloists Malin Bistroem, soprano; Myoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano; Will Hartmann, tenor; and Georg Zeppenfeld, bass. The concert will be part of a benefit, entitled "Hommage to Europe", in support of the Negri-Weizmann-Pasteur International Institute of Pharmacological Research. For concert details, see the Calendar.

ONF TOUR IN BRITAIN
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France on a five-city tour of Britain, from November 12-17. The tour will include concerts in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and Leeds, with programs featuring the works of Beethoven, Bruckner and Mozart. For more information see the Tours section, or view the Calendar for concert details.

CONCERTGEBOUW CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will lead the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a set of four concerts from October 31 - November 4. The program will feature Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.2 -- the "Little Russian" symphony -- and Schumann: Symphony No.2. The first three concerts will begin at 8:15PM, with the Sunday concert starting at 2:15PM, all at the Concertgebouw. For complete concert details, view the Calendar.

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will return to Davies Hall to lead the San Francisco Symphony in four subscription concerts from October 18-21. The concerts will include two choral works, for which Masur will be joined by the San Francisco Choir. The first half will feature Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, with piano soloist Louis Lortie, who will also perform Liszt: Totentanz on the program. In the second half, Masur will lead a performance of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky cantata, featuring mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby. For complete concert details, view the Calendar.

GREAT CROSS OF THE LEGION OF HONOR WITH STAR AND RIBBON
Kurt Masur has been honored with the Great Cross of the Legion of Honor with Star and Ribbon of Germany, in recognition of his lifetime contributions to the arts and to the people and society of Germany. The award was presented during a luncheon at the Schloss Bellevue in Berlin by the president of Germany, Horst Köhler. Below are president Köhler's remarks upon presenting this honor to Maestro Masur.

Da capo!, könnte man zu Beginn dieser Veranstaltung ausrufen. Ihr Geburtstag, lieber Herr Masur, und auch die damit verbundenen Ehrungen, liegen nun schon einige Zeit zurück. Ich wollte es mir aber nicht nehmen lassen, Sie hier im Schloss Bellevue mit diesem kleinen Fest zu ehren, nicht nur als Musikliebhaber und Bewunderer Ihrer Kunst, sondern dezidiert als Bundespräsident. Es soll nämlich ein Ausdruck des Dankes sein für das, was Sie unserem Land geschenkt haben. Ich bin froh darüber, dass Sie heute mein Gast sind und dass Sie uns allen hier Gelegenheit geben, Ihren Geburtstag mit Ihnen noch einmal nachzufeiern.

Im Feuilleton der Zeitungen und in den Kulturprogrammen in Radio und Fernsehen sind Sie ausführlich und gebührend gewürdigt worden. Ich will nur einige besonders einprägsame Formulierungen zitieren:
- Kurt Masur - der berühmteste deutsche Dirigent,
- Kurt Masur - der Mann ohne Stock,
- Kurt Masur - der Held der Wiedervereinigung,
- Kurt Masur - Politiker wider Willen.

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ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE TOUR
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will undertake a 10-concert tour from September 15-27, featuring performances in Germany, France, Switzerland and Belgium. Joshua Bell, who performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the orchestra on opening night in Paris, will repeat his performance of the concerto in several of these concerts. In others, Masur will be joined by pianist David Fray who will perform Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2. Programs will also feature symphonies of Bruckner and Dvorak. For more information on the tour, visit the Tours section. For complete concert details, view the Calendar.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE OPENING NIGHT AND BENEFIT
On September 13, Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France in the season-opening concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The concert and gala will be the latest in a series of events recognizing Maestro Masur's 80th year, and will benefit the Mendelssohn Foundation, of which Masur is the founder and chairman. To honor Masur, both Radio France and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées are donating the revenue from the concert to the foundation. In the performance, Maestro Masur will be joined by violinist Joshua Bell, who will perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. The program will also feature Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture and Dvorak: Symphony No. 9. For complete concert details, view the Calendar. For more details on Kurt Masur's 80th birthday, see Masur at 80.

BEETHOVEN'S FIRST, SEVENTH AND NINTH AT SANTA CECILIA
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestra Dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Choir of Santa Cecilia in performances of Beethoven's First, Seventh and Ninth Symphonies at the historic Italian music academy. The performance will take place on September 3 and 4 (Ninth Symphony) and September 5 and 6 (First and Seventh Symphonies). Soloists for the Ninth Symphony will be Christiane Libor, soprano; Carolin Masur, mezzo-soprano; Jorma Silvasti, tenor; and Rene Pape, bass-baritone. For complete details, see the Calendar

TANGLEWOOD CONCERTS WITH BSO
Kurt Masur returns to Tanglewood to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in two concerts, July 27 and 29. On the 27th, the concert will feature Prokofiev: Classical Symphony, Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, with Joshua Bell joining Maestro Masur in the concerto. On the 29th, in a Sunday afternoon concert, the program will feature the final three symphonies of Mozart. Masur has been a long-time favorite guest conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has led them in numerous concerts — both at Tanglewood and Symphony Hall — over the past several decades. For complete details, see the Calendar

HONORARY MUSIC DIRECTOR FOR LIFE OF THE ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
Kurt Masur will assume the title of Honorary Music Director for Life of the Orchestre National de France, effective with the beginning of the 2008/2009 season, ensuring his close and active involvement with this Orchestra for many more years to come. Maestro Masur has been Music Director of the Orchestre National de France since September 2002. Masur and the ONF have received both critical and popular acclaim for their work together on tours, in recordings and at home in Paris. Italian conductor, Daniele Gatti, will succeed Maestro Masur as Music Director of the ONF.

80th BIRTHDAY CONCERT AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
July 18, 2007 — Kurt Masur's actual 80th birthday — will be celebrated in a remarkable concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The concert, part of the London Proms, will feature the combined forces of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra National de France performing Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings and Bruckner: Symphony No. 7. For more details and information on Maestro Masur's entire 80th birthday year, visit Masur at 80.

WAR REQUIEM IN ST. DENIS
Kurt Masur will lead two performances of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem in St. Denis, July 4 and 5. Joining Maestro Masur and the Orchestre National de France will be soloists Olga Guriakova, soprano; Paul Groves, tenor; and Hanno Müller-Brachmann, baritone; as well as the Chorus and Children's Chorus of Radio France. Fabien Gabel will conduct the chamber orchestra. Britten's monumental War Requiem has long been a signature work for Maestro Masur, of which he has also released two critically acclaimed recordings with the New York Philharmonic (1998) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (2006). For complete details, see the Calendar.

HONORARY CITIZENSHIP AND CONCERT IN WROCLAW
On June 24, 2007, at noon, Kurt Masur will be made an honorary citizen of the city of Wroclaw, Poland. Rafael Dutkiewicz, the Mayor of Wroclaw and state president, will be present to bestow this honor on Masur, in a ceremony that will take place at the Old City Hall. The evening prior to the ceremony will feature a concert presented in Maestro Masur's honor, to be held at the Holy Cross Church in Ostrow Tumski, the old part of the city. The concert will feature the Lutoslawski Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, as well as soloists, in works by Bruckner and Brahms. Masur himself will conduct the first work on the program: Beethoven's Egmont Overture. Wroclaw is honoring Masur, who was born in the nearby city of Brieg, on his 80th year.

GEWANDHAUS GALA
On June 16, 2007, Kurt Masur will lead the Gewandhaus Orchestra as part of a special gala to benefit the Mendelssohn Foundation. The concert, hosted by renowned German TV talk-show host Harald Schmidt, will feature a varied, celebratory program, with guests including the Mitteldeutschen Rundfunk Chor (Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes) and Anne-Sophie Mutter (Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto). Works by other composers will highlight Masur's conducting career in the United States (Bernstein and Gershwin) and France (Dukas). This concert and gala honors Maestro Masur, and is one of many special events honoring Masur in his 80th year.

CONCERTS AND MASTERCOURSE IN BRAZIL
Kurt Masur will visit Brazil to lead concerts and conducting masterclasses from May 25-June 2, 2007. Masur will lead the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira in a program featuring Wagner: Overture to the Meistersinger, Schubert: Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" and Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, to be performed in Rio de Janeiro on May 25 and São Paulo on May 30. On June 2, Maestro Masur and the orchestra will be joined by guitarist Yamandu Costa in an open-air concert in Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Costa will perform the Carilho Guitar Concerto, as well as one of his own compositions, on a program that will also feature Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 and Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet. Maestro Masur will also lead a conducting mastercourse from May 26-29 in Rio de Janeiro. For complete details, see the Calendar.

ONF MINI-TOUR TO SPAIN AND ITALY
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France on a four-concert visit to Spain and Italy, from May 12-16, 2007, with concerts in Madrid, Logronio, Ubeda and Brescia. Anne-Sophie Mutter will join Maestro Masur for one concert, performing the Previn violin concerto in Madrid. For complete details, see the Tours section.

MA, MASUR AND ONF IN PARIS
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will be joined by cellist Yo-Yo Ma for one concert on May 10. Ma will perform Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 on a program that also includes Schubert: Rosamunde Overture and Schubert: Symphony No. 9. The concert will take place at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées at 8PM. For complete details, see the Calendar.

MAHLER 9 IN PARIS AND TOULOUSE
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France in performances of Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in Paris and Toulouse. The Paris concert, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, will take place May 3 at 8:00PM. On May 5 at 8:30, the orchestra and Maestro Masur will present the symphony at the Halle aux Grains in Toulouse. For complete details, see the Calendar.

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will visit the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to lead six concerts from April 13 - 20, two each in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa. The program for the first five concerts will be Mozart: Symphony No. 36 and Bruckner: Symphony No. 4. The final concert, on April 20 in Jerusalem, substitutes Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 for the Bruckner. Maestro Masur has been a frequent guest conductor at the Israel Philharmonic. Most recently, he took the podium with the IPO this past New Year's Eve, conducting Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw and Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 as part of the orchestra's 70th anniversary gala. Complete details on dates, times and cities and available in the Calendar.

KURT MASUR TO LEAD CONCERT FOR AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
On March 31, Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France in a special concert in support of the human rights organization Amnesty International. For the concert, which will take place at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Maestro Masur will be jointed by Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa. Mr. Costa will perform Mauricio Carrilho: Suite for Seven Strings and Orchestra. Masur and the ONF will also perform Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite. For more information, view the Calendar.

ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER, ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE IN PARIS
On March 29, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will present a concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The concert continues the long-standing collaboration between Maestro Masur and Ms. Mutter, one that includes recordings, premieres, and numerous concerts together. For this performance, Ms. Mutter will play Andre Previn's Violin Concerto, a work that was written expressly for her. Maestro Masur and the orchestra will also perform Liszt's Dante Symphony with the Radio France Children's Choir. For more information, view the Calendar.

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AND CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will return to the podium of the New York Philharmonic for a series of four performances from February 28 - March 3. The program for these concerts will be Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Sibelius: Violin Concerto, with Sergey Kachatryan, and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6. The March 2 performance will take place at the Tilles Center of Long Island University, with the other three performances taking place at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Maestro Masur was named Music Director Emeritus of the New York Philharmonic in 2002, following his eleven-year tenure as Music Director, and returns each season as a guest conductor.

Following the concerts in New York, Masur will lead three concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, from March 8-10. Sergey Kachatryan will again join Maestro Masur, this time in performances of the Bruch Violin Concerto. The program for these concerts will also include Bruckner: Symphony No. 4. For more information, view the Calendar.


MENDELSSOHN FOUNDATION GALA IN NEW YORK
The American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation will hold a gala on Wednesday, February 28, in honor of Kurt Masur. The event, held in conjunction with the Maestro's concert that night with the New York Philharmonic, is also the first celebration in the United States during Masur's 80th birthday year.

Kurt Masur is both the Founder and International Chairman of the Mendelssohn Foundation, which has spearheaded the restoration of the Mendelssohn-Haus in Leipzig and is dedicated to preserving and extending the legacy of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. The American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation has issued the following mission statement in conjunction with the gala:

"We of the American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation, form a part of the International Mendelssohn Foundation. Along with people in Germany, Great Britain, France, Japan and South America, we wish to continue to expand and deepen appreciation of and knowledge about Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Because we do not share geographical proximity, we determined to identify projects that will permit us to participate in the worldwide effort and yet be pertinent to us. For this reason we have and will identify those special projects and programs that we feel will enrich the cultural lives of Americans and others and best reflect the ideals and philosophy of this most cultured and informed citizen of the world.

"We welcome your participation in this long overdue tribute to the genius of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the man and the musician."

The evening will be chaired by Alexandra Kauka. The honorary chairmen are The Consul General of Germany, Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth; Ambassador Richard Holbrooke; and Dr. Henry Kissinger. More information on the Mendelssohn Foundation can be found here.


SCHUMANN CYCLE WITH ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestra National de France in a Schumann cycle over four concerts from February 8 - 16. The concerts, all at 8PM at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, will present the four symphonies in order, accompanied by the major concerti and select other works. On February 8, Symphony No. 1 is paired with the Piano Concerto with Ragna Schirmer as soloist. Symphony No. 2 is presented on the 10th, along with the Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra. On the 15th, Leonidas Kavakos performs the Violin Concerto in the concert that features Symphony No. 3. The final concert on February 16 includes Symphony No. 4, the Cello Concerto with Xavier Phillips, and piano works with David Fray. The concerts will also feature several of Schumann's overtures.

Following the Paris concerts, the Orchestra National de France will travel to Athens to perform the cycle — over three concerts — at the Megaron. These concerts will also feature all four symphonies, the violin and piano concertos, the Konzertstück and two overtures. From there, Maestro Masur and the ONF will travel to Amsterdam for a single concert at the Concertgebouw, the program for which will be the same as the February 8 concert, with Nelson Freire performing the Piano Concerto. For more information, view the Calendar.


LEIPZIG CONDUCTING MASTERCOURSE
Kurt Masur will return to Leipzig from January 22-26 to lead a conducting mastercourse. The course brings together Maestro Masur's long-standing close relationship with the city of Leipzig — where he was Kapellmeister of the Gewandhaus Orchestra from 1970 to 1997 — with his commitment to education and to developing the next generations of musicians. The mastercourse will feature five days at the Leipzig Conservatory working with the orchestra, and will culminate with a concert the evening of the 26th. For more information, view the Education section.

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will visit the San Francisco Symphony from January 10-14 for a set of five concerts at Davies Hall. The program will begin with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 — the "Scottish Symphony." After intermission, Maestro Masur will reunite again with Sarah Chang who will perform Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1. The concert will close with Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche by Richard Strauss. For more information, view the Calendar.

NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH THE IPO
Kurt Masur visit the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct its New Year's Eve concert. Even more importantly, the concert will be a gala celebration of the IPO's 70th anniversary. The program will feature Arnold Schoenberg's "A Survivor from Warsaw" (op. 46) — a short cantata written in 1947 that remembers and reflects upon events from the Holocaust. This will be followed by Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, a work that Maestro Masur has shared with audiences and performers around the world in celebration of the new year. For more information, view the Calendar.

AMERIKANER EHREN DIRIGENT KURT MASUR (Die Welt 12 Dec 2006)
Die Amerikanishe Handelskammer hat gestern Abend zur Verleihung des Preises "AmCham Transatlantic Partnership Award" an den Chefdirigenten des London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, ins Museum für Kommunikation geladen. Der Ex-Kapellmeister des Leipziger Gewandhausorchesters, der schon zu DDR-Zeiten in den USA gefeierte Konzerte gab, erhielt die Auszeichnung für seine "Verdienste um die Demokratie und das kulturelle Leben in der ganzen Welt und um die positive Gestaltung enger kultureller Beziehungen zwischen Deutschland und den USA". Laudator war der ehemalige Botschafter der Vereinigten Staaten und Kuratoruimsvorsitzenden der American Academy, Richard Holbrooke. Ebenfalls Träger der seit 1987 vergebenen Auszeichnung ist Ex-Innenminister Otto Schily. [For additional details, visit www.amcham.de/amcham-award.html]

MENDELSSOHN GALA
Kurt Masur will lead an all-Mendelssohn gala performance in Tokyo on December 10 at the Tokyo International Forum. The concert will feature the Ruy Blas Overture, the Violin Concerto with young Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji, and the "Italian" Symphony with the Geddai University Orchestra. Maestro Masur and Mendelssohn have been closely associated for decades as key figures in the musical history of Leipzig (having both been Kapellmeister of the legendary Gewandhaus Orchestra), though the maestro's interpretations of Mendelssohn's works, and by Masur's founding of the International Mendelssohn Foundation. For details on the concert, view the Calendar.

LONDON PHILHARMONIC NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Kurt Masur will lead the London Philharmonic in four concerts on tour in the United States and Canada. The concerts will take place from November 26-29 in Toronto, New York and Washington DC. Maestro Masur will be joined by soloists Sarah Chang (26th, 28th and 29th) and Elisabeth Leonskaja (27th). The programs will include works by Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt, Prokofiev, and Sibelius. For more information, see the Tours section, or view the Calendar.

GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will return to Leipzig to conduct two concerts with the Gewandhaus Orchestra on November 16 and 17. Masur led the orchestra as its Kapellmeister from 1970 until 1996. For these concerts, Maestro Masur will be joined by violinist Sarah Chang, who will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto. Also on the program will be Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6. For complete details, see the Calendar.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE RECORDINGS
Two new recordings have been released of Kurt Masur conducting the Orchestre National de France. Both discs are on the Naïve label and feature works of Dmitri Shostakovich. The first of the two recordings is of Symphony No. 7 ("Leningrad"), captured in live performance at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. The second features the two violin concertos performed by young Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan. For more details, visit the Discography section.

BONN CONDUCTING MASTERCOURSE
From Sunday, October 29 to Wednesday, November 1, Kurt Masur will lead a conducting mastercourse in Bonn, Germany. As part of his ongoing commitment to educating future generations of musicians, Maestro Masur will work with six young conductors from Europe and the United States. The four-day course takes place in Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven, and will focus on his works. For further details, visit the Education section.

LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA EUROPEAN TOUR
Kurt Masur will lead the London Philharmonic on a tour of Europe from October 3rd until the 26th. The tour will visit numerous cities in Germany, as well as Amsterdam, Brussels, and Budepest. The orchestra will also spend a week at home in London in the middle of the month, highlighted by a performance of Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem in St. Paul's Cathedral. For many of the concerts, Maestro Masur will be joined by Helen Huang in performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto. Works by Mendelssohn and Schostakovich will also be performed during the tour. For further details, visit the Tours section.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE OPENING CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will open the season of the Orchestra National de France with two concerts in Paris, September 23 and 28. On the 23rd, the orchestra will perform at Salle Olivier Messiaen, where Maestro Masur will conduct Beethoven: Symphony No. 5. For this concert, Masur will share the podium with young Greek conductor Stamatia Karampini. Ms. Karampini will lead the orchesta for the first half of the program with Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5. On the 28th, Maesto Masur will conduct Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 ("Babi Yar") at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Bass Sergei Leiferkus will again join Masur in the performance of the monumental work by Shostakovich. The two have frequently joined forces in its performance throughout the world, as well as in an acclaimed recording with the New York Philharmonic in 1994. For further details, view the Calendar.

EUROPEAN FESTIVALS TOUR
From August 21 through September 4, Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestra National de France in a late-summer tour that visits many of the leading festivals of Europe. The tour will include visits to Lucerne, Santander, San Sebastian, the London Proms, Rheingau, Lübeck, Ludwigsburg, and Montreux. For further details, visit the Tours section.

WROCLAW CONDUCTING MASTERCOURSE
Kurt Masur will return to Wroclaw July 11-15 to lead the "Second International Conducting Master Classes". These classes continue Maestro Masur's commitment to mentoring future generations of conductors and players. In 2004, he led the "First International Conducting Master Classes" in Wroclaw, and he regularly holds mastercourses and conducts student orchestras around the world. For complete details, view the Education section.

CLOSING WEEKS OF ONF SEASON
Kurt Masur returns to Paris after his highly-acclaimed visit to the National Symphony Orchestra, to lead the Orchestre National de France in the final weeks of the 2005-2006 concert season. These seven concerts, running from June 15 to July 4, feature powerful programs and a series of notable soloists.

On June 15, in a concert that will take place in St. Denis, the violinist Sergei Khachatryan joins Masur in the Shostakovich violin concerto, in a program that also features Dvorak: Symphony No. 9. The next day in Paris, Maestro Masur is joined by pianist Leon Fleisher, in a program that includes two works by Paul Hindemith and Richard Strauss's Don Quixote.

The next week, Masur leads the ONF in performance at the Louvre in the Fête de la Musique on June 21, and the following day at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in a program featuring works of Britten, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn.

The final weeks of the season are highlighted by the performances of June 29 and July 1, in which Maestro Masur will present selections from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde in concert form. Maestro Masur is joined by Deborah Voigt (Isolde), Endrik Wottrich (Tristan), Georg Zeppenfeld (King Marke) and Eike Wilm Shulte (Melot). The performances will include the Act 1 Prelude, the complete Act 2, and the Prelude and Liebestod from Act III.

On July 4, the season wraps up with Mahler: Symphony No. 1 and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with baritone Roman Trekel.

For details on all of these concerts view the Calendar.


NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
On June 1-3, Kurt Masur will lead the National Symphony Orchestra in three performances of an all-Beethoven program. These performances mark the first time that Masur — a frequent guest of the leading orchestras of the United States — appears on the podium of the resident orchestra of the Kennedy Center in the nation's capital. The program will feature Beethoven's Symphonies No. 1 and No. 7, as well as Leonore Overture No. 3. For more details, view the Calendar.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE CONCERTS
In the coming weeks, Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France in two varied programs at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. On Wednesday, May 18, pianist Nelson Freire joins Maestro Masur in the Grieg Piano Concerto. The second half of the program will feature Shostakovich's momentous Symphony No. 7 ("Leningrad"). On May 25, Masur will be joined by several featured solo players from the ONF. Included on the program will be Matthus: Concerto for Trumpet and Trombone, with Marc Bauer and Joel Vaisse, and Bechara El-Khoury: Violin Concerto, with Sarah Nemtanu. Also on the program will be works by Prokofiev and Kodaly. For more details, view the Calendar.

BABI YAR IN AMSTERDAM
Kurt Masur will take the podium of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam to lead four performances of Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 ("Babi Yar"). The concerts will take place May 10, 11 and 12 at 8:15 PM and May 14 at 2:15 PM. Joining Maestro Masur will be renowned Russian Bass Sergei Leiferkus and the Prague Radio Choir. Masur and Leiferkus have joined together to perform this powerful work many times through the years, and have recorded it with the New York Philharmonic. For more details, view the Calendar.

MAESTRO MASUR RETURNS TO PODIUM
Maestro Kurt Masur returned to the podium last Saturday, April 8, 2006 in an all-Mendelssohn program with the Orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice at the newly rebuilt Teatro in Venice. The spirit of Mendelssohn was alive during this touching performance, and both Orchestra and Maestro received standing ovations from the sold-out audience. This was Maestro Masur's first appearance after a five-week break due to health problems.

This week Maestro Masur continues to pay tribute to Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy as he embarks on a four city tour of Italy: Bologna, Rome, Parma and Modena with the Toscanini Orchestra and featured soloist, violinist Sarah Nemtanu.


MISSA SOLEMNIS
On May 4 and 5, Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestra National de France in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Maestro Masur will be joined by soloists Anne Schwanewilms, soprano; Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano; Pavol Breslik, tenor; and Hanno Mueller-Brachmann, bass-baritone. Also featured in Beethoven's monumental work will be the Radio France Choir and the Children's Choir of Radio France. For more details, view the Calendar.

LONDON PHILHARMONIC TOUR
Kurt Masur will lead the London Philharmonic on a month-long tour that will feature a week in Britain and three weeks in the United States. After concerts in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Dublin, the orchestra will travel to the US for concerts throughout California (including Los Angeles and San Francisco) and the Northeast (including New York, Boston, and Washington, DC). For more details, see the Tours section or the concert Calendar.

CONCERTS WITH ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France in concerts in mid-February, featuring the works of Shostakovich, Rihm and Beethoven. On February 16, Maestro Masur will conduct Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 and Wolfgang Rihm's Concerto for Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra. In the latter work he will be joined by Michel Portal, clarinet and Gerard Causse, viola. On February 22 and 23, Masur and the ONF will be joined by the Beaux Arts Trio in performances of Beethoven's Triple Concerto. These concerts will also feature Symphony No. 7 of Beethoven. All concerts will take place at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. For more details, see the Calendar.

MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC MASTERCOURSE
Kurt Masur will visit the Manhattan School of Music to lead a conducting mastercourse from January 23-28. The culminating concert with Maestro Masur and the student conductors will take place on January 27, and will feature works of Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. Kurt Masur developed a close relationship with the Manhattan School of Music during his tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. He has continued to maintain this relationship, returning periodically for mastercourses such as this. For details of the culminating concert, visit the Mahnattan School of Music website.

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will lead the New York Philharmonic in concerts on January 19th, 20th, and 21st, joined by pianist Louis Lortie. The program for these concerts is Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Liszt: The Ruins of Athens, Liszt: Totentanz and Prokofiev: Scythian Suite. Maestro Masur was Music Director of the New York Philharmonic from 1991 until 2002, when he was named Music Director Emeritus. He continues to return to conduct the orchestra each season in highly-anticipated concerts. For more details, view the Calendar or newyorkphilharmonic.org.

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Kurt Masur returns to Symphony Hall to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a set of four concerts, January 5th, 6th, 7th, and 10th. Maestro Masur, a favorite of the BSO both in Boston and at Tanglewood, will lead two works with which he is closely associated: Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 and Tan Dun: Water Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra. The concerto was premiered by Masur and soloist Christopher Lamb during the Maestro's tenure at the New York Philharmonic. Since then, the two have teamed to perform the work around the world. Calendar

LA FENICE NEW YEAR'S CONCERTS
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestra and Chorus of La Fenice in three concerts to celebrate the New Year. The concerts, held December 30th, 31st, and January 1st in Venice's historic opera house, will feature soloists Fiorenza Cedolins, soprano; Joseph Calleja, tenor; and Roberto Scandiuzzi, bass. The first half of the program will feature the Romeo and Juliet Suite by Prokofiev. The second half will feature opera selections by Bellini, Donizetti, Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi. Among the works performed will be the overture to Le Nozze di Figaro, the arias "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca and "Che gelida manina" from La Boheme, and the legendary chorus "Va Pensiero" from Il Nabucco. The concert of January 1 will be broadcast live on Italian television RAI. Calendar

GOLD MEDAL OF TOULOUSE
On November 18, 2006, Kurt Masur was honored at a reception at city hall in Toulouse. The mayor bestowed upon Maestro Masur the gold medal of the city for his continuing presence with the Orchestre National de France. The ONF has performed at the Halle aux Grains in Toulouse at least once each year during Maestro Masur's tenure with the orchestra.

DRESDEN PHILHARMONIC AT THE FRAUENKIRCHE
On November 11th and 12th, Kurt Masur will conduct the Dresden Philharmonic at the Frauenkirche, as part of the events celebrating the reopening of the historic church. The program will feature Te Deum, by Siegfried Matthus, a work written specifically for this event. The Frauenkirche, destroyed during World War II, stood as a pile of rubble for decades — a symbol of the horrors of war. International cooperation and donations have led to the reconstruction of this great building, culminating with its rededication in late 2005. Maestro Masur will be joined by soloists Hyunju Park, soprano; Agnieska Piass, soprano; Ulrike Mayer, mezzo-soprano; Carolin Masur, alto; Pavol Breslik, tenor; Friedemann Röhlig, bass; as well as the Berlin Radio Choir and Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir. Calendar

TCHAIKOVSKY CYCLE WITH ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will perform a series of concerts featuring the works of Tchaikovsky. In November, four concerts will be presented in Paris and one in Toulouse. In early December, Maestro Masur and the orchestra will travel to Luxembourg for two concerts there. During the course of these seven concerts, they will perform Symphonies 2-6, Piano Concerts No. 1 and No. 3 (with Nikolai Lugansky), the Violin Concerto (Sarah Chang), and Rococo Variations (Alexander Knaziev, cello). Also on various programs will be Capriccio Italien, Serenade for Stings, Romeo and Juliet, and the 1812 Overture. For complete details of each concert, view the calendar.

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCERTS
Kurt Masur returns to the podium of the San Francisco symphony for a set of three subscription concerts, October 27-29. The program will feature Offertorium by Sofia Gubaidulina with violinist Gidon Kremer. Maestro Masur has been a champion of Ms. Gubaidulina's works; Offertorium was written for Kremer. The second half of the program will feature Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5. Calendar

LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN KOREA
Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic Orchestra will perform three concerts in Korea, two in Seoul and one in Bundang. The concerts, October 18-20, will feature Beethoven: Prometheus Overture, Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 (played by Sarah Chang), and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4. Calendar

LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN BRITAIN WITH ALL RISE
Kurt Masur will bring performances of All Rise to five British cities between September 30 and October 5. The combined forces of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the London Adventist Chorale will present the work by Wynton Marsalis, leader of the Jazz Orchestra. All Rise was premiered in 1999 by Maestro Masur with the New York Philharmonic, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the Morgan State University Choir. Masur has continued to champion the work in the years that have followed. This tour will bring performances to Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Manchester, and Glasgow. Calendar

ORCHESTRA NATIONAL DE FRANCE IN EUROPE
In the second half of September, Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France on a European tour. The tour, which runs from September 17-26, will visit Bonn, Munich, Bucharest, Rimini, Verona, Vienna, Frankfurt, and Nürnberg. Maestro Masur will feature works of French composers in most of the concerts, including Franck, Debussy, and Ravel. In Bucharest, Rimini, and Vienna, long-time Masur collaborator Elisabeth Leonskaja will join him for performances of Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2. Also featured on this tour will be works by Enescu and Prokofiev. Calendar

LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN GERMANY, ITALY AND SWITZERLAND
Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic Orchestra will visit Germany, Italy, and Switzerland during a one-week tour at the beginning of September. The tour begins August 31 with a concert in Berlin, and ends on September 8 in Montreux. Among the tour's highlights will be two concerts featuring Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, in Berlin and then Lucerne on September 6. For the two concerts in Italy—September 4 in Torino and September 5 in Locarno—Maestro Masur will be joined by Sergey Khachatryan in performances of Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1. The same work will be performed in Lucerne on September 7 by Christian Tetzlaff. Also featured in various concerts will be works by Dvorak, Glinka, Gubaidulina, and Tchaikovsky. For more information, view the Calendar.

LONDON PROMS
On August 20th, Kurt Masur will lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a London Proms concert at Royal Albert Hall. The concert will include Gubaidulina's The Light of the End and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Joining Maestro Masur in the Beethoven will be soloists Christine Goerke, soprano; Jean Rigby, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Studebaker, tenor; and Hanno Müller-Brachmann, bass. The program will be repeated twice on tour, August 31st in Berlin and September 6 in Lucern, for which concerts the soloists will be Melanie Diener, soprano; Carolin Masur, mezzo-soprano; Mr. Studebaker and Mr. Müller-Brachmann. For more information, view the Calendar.

BEETHOVEN'S NINTH SYMPHONY AT ORANGE
On August 6, Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestra National de France in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as part of the Chorégies d'Orange festival in Orange, France. The festival is the oldest of its kind in France, and the concert will take place at the magnificent Roman Amphitheater. For the concert, which closes this year's festival, Maestro Masur and the Orchestra will be joined by the Choir and Children's Choirs of Radio France, and by soloists Melanie Diener, soprano; Marie Nicole Le Mieux, mezzo-soprano; Jorma Silvasti, tenor; and Franz-Josef Selig, bass. For more information, view the Calendar.

BRAZIL MASTERCOURSE
During the last week of July, Maestro Masur will lead a conducting mastercourse in Campos do Jordão, Brazil, woriking with student conductors and the Campos do Jordão Academic Orchestra. The week will culminate with a concert, led by the students, on July 30 in Campos do Jordão, followed by a concert in São Paulo the next day, led by Maestro Masur. The repertoire for the mastercourse will be Mahler: Symphony No. 1, and Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Suite. For more information, view the Calendar.

TEACHING AND CONDUCTING AT TANGLEWOOD
From June 28-July 10, Kurt Masur will spend two weeks in residence at Tanglewood, continuing his close relationship with both the Tanglewood Music Center and its nurturing of young talent, and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During his time at Tanglewood, Maestro Masur will coach conducting fellows as they rehearse the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and will also conduct the orchstera himself. On Sunday, July 3, the TMCO will present a concert with the conducting fellows leading Prokofiev: Classical Symphony, and Dutilleux: The Shadows of Time, and with Masur leading Beethoven: Symphony No. 7.

On July 9 and 10, Masur will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in two concerts at the famous Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood. On Friday, July 9, the concert will feature Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, with Joshua Bell, and Bruckner: Symphony No. 4. Featured in the concert of Saturday, July 10, will be Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2, with Emanuel Ax, and Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings.

For more information, view the Calendar or visit the Tanglewood website.


FINAL WEEK OF ONF SEASON
During the final week of the Orchestre National de France concert season, Kurt Masur will lead the orchestra in several notable concerts. On Sunday, June 19th, a gala concert will take place at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées to benefit Queen Sylvia of Sweden's World Children's Foundation. On June 21st Maestro Masur and the ONF will make their annual appearence at the Concert Fete de la Musique Louvre. Featured in both programs will be Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade. On Thursday June 23rd, soprano Deborah Voigt will join Kurt Masur and the ONF in an all-Strauss program at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Ms. Voigt will perform Four Last Songs and the final scene from Salome. Also on the program are Don Juan and Death and Transfiguration. On June 24th the orchestra will perform in St. Denis, pairing the Four Last Songs with Bruckner's Symphony No. 9. For more information on all of these concerts, see the Calendar.

MADRID CONCERTS
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will perform two concerts in Madrid on May 23 and 24. The concert of the 23rd will feature Mozart: Symphony No. 40 and Bruckner: Symphony No. 7. On the 24th, Maestro Masur and the ONF, joined by piano soloist Vahan Mardirossian will perform Franck: Symphonic Variations, Franck: Symphony, and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1. Both concerts begin at 7:30PM at the Auditorio Nacional. For concert details, see the Calendar.

FIRST RECORDING WITH LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
On May 2, Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic Orchestra released their first recording together. The recording, which includes live performances of the First and Firth Symphonies of Shostakovich, is published on the LPO's own label. Continued...

KURT MASUR IN THE UNITED STATES
Kurt Masur will spend the month of April in the United States, conducting the orchestras of San Francisco and Boston, and leading a week-long conducting mastercourse in New York.

Maestro Masur will lead two weeks of subscription concerts with the San Francisco Symphony starting March 30th. The first program will feature Mozart: Symphony No. 36 and Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, and will be performed on March 30 and 31 and April 1 and 2. The second program will feature Brahms: Symphony No. 2 and Schnittke: Cello Concerto, with Natalia Gutman as soloist. This program will be performed on April 6, 7, 8 and 9. All concerts will be at Davies Hall, with the exception of April 7, which will be at the Flint Center in Cupertino.

On April 14, 15, 16 and 19, Kurt Masur will conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 and Bruckner: Symphony No. 4. The soloist for these concerts will be Vadim Repin. For more information on these and all of Maestro Masur's concert activities, please visit the Calendar.

During the last week of April, Kurt Masur will return to the Manhattan School of Music in New York to lead a week-long conducting mastercourse. For more information on this, and all of Maestro Masur's educational activities, please visit the Education section.


CONDUCTING MASTERCOURSES AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
A number of educational activites are featured in Kurt Masur's schedule for the Spring and Summer of 2005:
  • In late April, Maestro Masur will lead a week-long conducting mastercourse at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
  • From June 28-July 10, the Maestro will be at Tanglewood, coaching young conductors and working with the student orchestra of the Tanglewood Music Center, as well as conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
  • In late July, Masur will lead a week-long conducting mastercourse in Brazil.

For more information on these and other educational activities, please visit the Education section.


ST. MATTHEW PASSION
Kurt Masur will lead two performances of Bach's St. Matthew Passion in Paris, March 24th and 26th. Maestro Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France, the Radio France Choir and the Radio France Children's Choir at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Soloists in these performances will include Ruth Ziesak, soprano; Anna Larsson, mezzo-soprano; Kurt Streit, tenor; Christoph Genz, tenor (Evangelist); Oliver Widmer, baritone; and Franz Hawlata, bass. For concert details, see the Calendar.

CONCERTS IN MEMORY OF SVIATOSLAV RICHTER
Kurt Masur will lead two concerts in Moscow in memory of Sviatoslav Richter. The concerts will take place on March 16th and 17 in the Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, with Maestro Masur leading the Tchaikovsky Symphonic Orchestra and joined by soloists Natalia Gutman, cello, and Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano. On the 16th, the program will feature the Dvorak Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6. The concert on the 17th will feature Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1. For concert details, see the Calendar.

FRENCH EDITION OF BIOGRAPHY
The biography of Maestro Kurt Masur has been released in a French translation. The new edition was released in December 2004 by publisher Actes Sud, in cooperation with Radio France. The original German edition, written by Johannes Forner, was published in 2002. The French edition is available from Amazon.fr.

UNITED STATES TOUR
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will visit the United States from February 24-March 7, 2005, bringing with them a program of music by French composers. The orchestra will split its time between the Northeast (including visits to Carnegie Hall in New York and Boston's Symphony Hall) and the Southeast, with concerts presented in Atlanta and Florida. For further details, visit the Tours section, or view the Calendar.

A press release for the tour is available, in Adobe PDF format, by clicking here. [Note, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. Document will appear in a new window.]


BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY CYLCE IN ATHENS
Kurt Masur will lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the complete symphonies of Beethoven at the Megaron in Athens, Greece. The concerts will be presented on four consecutive days, January 12-15. For the Ninth Symphony, solists will be Christine Brewer, Soprano; Carolin Masur, Mezzo-soprano; Thomas Studebaker, Tenor; Alastair Miles, Bass. For concert details, see the Calendar.

NEW YEAR'S WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Kurt Masur with lead the New York Philharmonic in a gala performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on New Year's Eve. An annual tradition during Maestro Masur's tenure as Music Director of the Philharmonic, this year's sold-out concert will feature Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, Mezzo-Soprano Marietta Simpson, Tenor Thomas Studebaker, Bass-Baritone Albert Dohmen and the New York Choral Artists.

Kurt Masur will also conduct a week of subscription concerts during the last week of December. The concerts, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, December 28-30, will feature Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead, Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 (with soloist Olli Mustonen) and Musorgsky/Gorchakov: Pictures at an Exhibition.


LA SCALA REOPENING
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will perform as part of the festivities that will mark the reopening of the famed La Scala opera house in Milan. La Scala is reopening after an extensive 30-month renovation, and Maestro Masur and the ONF – along with the Belrin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic – have been invited to participate in the celebration. The Orchestre National de France will perform Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 and the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Sergey Khatchatryan as soloist, on December 11 at 8PM. This program was recently performed in Paris to great acclaim. The official reopening of the hall will take place on December 7, with Riccardo Muti leading a performance of Antonio Salieri's opera "Europa Riconosciuta," the same opera that originally opened the hall in 1778.

MASUR EXTENDS WITH ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE THROUGH 2008
Kurt Masur has extended his stay as music director of the Orchestre National de France for an additional three years, the orchestra announced today. The 77-year-old conductor, who initially signed on in 2002, will now keep the post through the end of the 2008 season... MORE...

GALA CONCERT AND DINNER TO BENEFIT THE MENDELSSOHN FOUNDATION LEIPZIG
On Monday, December 6th, Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre du Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris in concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The gala concert and dinner that will follow will benefit the Mendelssohn Foundation Leipzig of which Maestro Masur is the founder and chairman. The all-Mendelssohn program for the concert will feature the Ruy Blas Ouverture, Concerto for two Pianos and Orchestra in E Major with Hélène Mercier and Louis Lortie, and Symphony No. 4.

The artists, orchestra, concert hall, and Bristol Hotel (site of the dinner), have all graciously agreed to donate their services. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Mendelssohn Foundation. Those interested in making a donation to the foundation should contact Stefana Zorzor Atlas. For more information on the Mendelssohn Foundation and the Mendelssohn House Leipzig, click here, or visit the foundation web site. For ticket infomation, click here.


CONCERTS WITH GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA
Kurt Masur will return to Leipzig to lead a pair of concerts with the renowned Gewandhaus Orchestra. These concerts, on November 18 and 19, will feature Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5. Maestro Masur served as the Gewandhaus Kapellmeister from 1970 to 1996, leading a total of nearly 2000 concerts with the orchestra. Masur's return visits to Leipzig, where he is a living legend, are always highly anticipated. For concert details, see the Calendar.

BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTOS
Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France will be joined by pianist Evgeny Kissin for two concerts that will feature the five piano concertos by Beethoven. On October 28, Mr. Kissin will perform concertos 1-3. The following concert, October 30, will feature concertos 4-5, as well as Leonore Overture No. 3. Both concerts will take place at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Calendar

LONDON PHILHARMONIC TOUR OF GERMANY
On October 3, the London Philharmonic will begin an 11-day, 10-city tour of Germany, under the baton of Kurt Masur. The programs will feature symphonies of Brahms, Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. For more information, see the Tours section.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE, HELEN HUANG, AND SHOSTAKOVICH
On Thursday, September 23, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Helen Huang will join Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France in concert. Ms. Huang—who has performed frequently with Masur since age 9, when the maestro invited her to appear with the New York Philharmonic—will present the Second Piano Concerto of Shostakovich. The program with also include Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1, and Mozart: Symphony No. 29. For concert deails, see the Calendar.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE SEASON OPENING
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France in their season-opening concert on September 16 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The program will feature Henri Dutilleux's Correspondances for orchestra and voice, with soprano Barbara Hannigan, and Sheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. For concert deails, see the Calendar.

LONDON PROMS
Kurt Masur will lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra in performance at the London Proms at Royal Albert Hall on July 28. The concert will feature Schubert's Symphony No. 8 and Janacek's Ukvalske Piske and Glagolitic Mass. Joining Maestro Masur will be soloists Zdena Kloubova, soprano; Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano; Pavol Breslik, tenor; Gustav Belacek, bass; and the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno.

BEETHOVEN-HAUS
Kurt Masur was named chairman of Beethoven-Haus Bonn on July 5. The Beethoven-Haus, located at the composer's birthplace, includes a museum, concert hall, research facilities, and the largest private Beethoven collection in the world. More details

TEACHING AND CONDUCTING AT TANGLEWOOD
Kurt Masur will be at Tanglewood from July 6-16, working with conducting fellows and the student orchestra. Maestro Masur will also lead two concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including opening night. For more details, visit the Educational section. For concert deails, see the Calendar.

FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING MASTER CLASSES IN WROCLAW, POLAND
Maestro Masur will lead the "First International Conducting Master Classes" in Wrocław, Poland, Wednesday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 27th. For details, visit the Educational section.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE IN ITALY
Kurt Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France in a four-concert, three-city tour of Italy from June 6-9. The concerts—in Naples, Torino, and Lugano—will feature the works of Dukas, Franck, and Rimsky-Korsakov. More

BRAHMS REQUIEM IN ST. DENIS
Kurt Masur will conduct the Orchestre National de France in two performances of Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem at the Basilique in St. Denis, France, on June 2nd and 3rd. Joining them for these performances will be soprano Christine Schäfer, bass-baritone Albert Dohmen, and the Choir of Radio France.

CONCERTS IN DRESDEN
Kurt Masur will conduct the Dresden Philharmonic on May 22 and 23 at the Kulturpalast. The program for these concerts will be Matthus: Der Wald; Berg: Violin Concerto; and Dvorak: Symphony No. 9. Sarah Chang will be the soloist. The following week, on May 29, the Orchestre National de France will join Maestro Masur at the Semper Oper in Dresden, where he will lead them in performances of Franck's Psyché and Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade.

CONDUCTING MASTERCOURSES AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

A number of educational activites are featured in Kurt Masur's schedule for the Spring and Summer of 2004:
  • In early March, Maestro Masur led a week-long conducting mastercourse at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
  • On March 21st, he led a performance of Bach's St. John Passion with the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Paris. This program was repeated the next day in a special concert in memory of the victims of the Madrid train bombings.
  • The last week of April featured a conducting mastercourse at the Tokyo University for Arts and Music.
  • At the end of June, Maestro Masur will lead the "First International Conducting Master Classes" in Wrocław, Poland.
  • From July 6-16, the Maestro will be at Tanglewood, coaching young conductors and working with the student orchestra of the Tanglewood Music Center.
  • In early September, he will lead a conducting mastercourse in Detmold, Germany.
For more information on these and other educational activities, please visit the Education section.


LECTURE AND READING AT DRESDNER MUSIKFESTSPIELE
As part of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, there will be a lecture on May 21 at 7:30 PM in the Blockhaus in Dresden, at which time Kurt Masur will be interviewed by Dieter Haertwig about his life. Actor Friedhelm Eberle will also read selections from Maestro Masur's biography Zeiten und Klänge. For more information, visit the web site of the Musikestspiele.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE – FIRST RECORDING WITH KURT MASUR
The Orchestre National de France has announced the release of its first recording under the music directorship of Maestro Kurt Masur. More

MISSA SOLEMNIS IN LONDON
Kurt Masur will lead the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis on May 16 at 7:30 PM in the Royal Festival Hall. They will be joined by soloists Janice Watson, Anna Larsson, Thomas Studebaker, and Franz Josef Selig, as well as the London Philharmonic Choir.

TOKYO CONDUCTING MASTERCOURSE
Kurt Masur will lead a conducting mastercourse at the Tokyo University for Arts and Music (TUFAM), from April 27-30. The mastercourse will culminate in a concert on May 1 in the Sogakudo center. The program for both the mastercourse and concert will be Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 and Dvorak: Symphony No. 8.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE – JAPAN TOUR
Maestro Masur will lead the Orchestre National de France on a tour that will visit many of Japan's leading concert venues. The eight-concert tour will visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, and Sapporo. The various programs will feature works of Brahms (several symphonies, plus Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Nicolai Angelich), Dukas (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), Mussorgsky/Gorchakov (Pictures at an Exhibition), and Khachaturian (Violin Concerto with soloist Sergey Khachatryan).

Following the tour, Maestro Masur will lead a conducting mastercourse at the Tokyo University for Arts and Music. For further information, visit the Education section.


ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE – BRAHMS SYMPHONY CYCLE
Kurt Masur will conduct the Orchestra National de France in the four symphonies of Brahms over four concerts, March 25 and 26 and April 1 and 2, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. In addition, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will join Maestro Masur for the Brahms Violin Concerto on the 25th, and the Double Concerto on the 26th, along with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott. Garrick Ohlsson will present Brahms' First Piano Concerto on April 1st, and Second on the 2nd. The orchestra will also present the four symphonies alone, over two programs, in Toulouse on the 9th and 10th of April.

PERFORMANCE OF ST. JOHN PASSION ON MARCH 22ND IN PARIS DEDICATED TO MADRID VICTIMS
In view of the recent terrorist attacks in Madrid, Spain, Kurt Masur and the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Paris, in collaboration with the Cité de la Musique and Radio France have decided to add a performance of the St. John Passion on Monday, March 22nd at 8:00 PM at the Salle Olivier Messiaen, in memory of those who lost their lives in these attacks. The originally scheduled performance of March 21st will take place as planned.

NEW YORK CONDUCTING MASTERCOURSE
Maestro Masur will return to the Manhattan School of Music to lead a week-long conducting mastercourse, Monday, March 8th through Friday, March 12th. For more details, visit the Education section.

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
In January, Kurt Masur returns to the New York Philharmonic for three weeks of concerts, joined by soloists including Sarah Chang, Glenn Dicterow, Lynn Harrel and André Previn. On January 22nd, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will present the US premiere of Henri Dutilleux's "Sur le même accord". To read more about these concerts at the New York Philharmonic web site, click here.

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – "ALL RISE".
Beethoven and Shostakovich will be on the program for concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on November 28th and 29th, and December 2nd.

Those concerts will be followed on December 3rd, 4th, and 6th with performances of Wynton Marsalis's "All Rise," which was premiered by Maestro Masur with the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in 1999. The BSO will be joined by Mr. Marsalis, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.


CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
From November 20-22 Kurt Masur will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in three concerts featuring the music of Glinka, Shostakovich, and Beethoven.

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP IN BEETHOVEN HAUS FOUNDATION IN BONN
In a ceremony that took place on September 14, 2003 at the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, Maestro Masur was made an honorary member of the Beethoven House, joining such illustrious members as Johannes Brahms, Giuseppe Verdi, Otto Klemperer, Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Wilhelm Kempff, Yehudi Menuhin, Alfred Brendel and many more.

SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN MUSIC FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Kurt Masur will lead the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in four concerts at the end of August. The orchestra will perform in Hamburg on the 25th, Greifswald on the 30th, Berlin on the 31st, and Leipzig on September 1st. The soloists will be violinists Viviane Hagner and Tanja Becker-Bender, and the program will feature the music of Schnittke, Bach, and Bruckner.

MASTERCLASSES AND CONCERTS WITH THE ORCHESTRAS OF SAO PAOLO AND RIO DE JANEIRO
Kurt Masur will spend two weeks in Brazil, leading masterclasses and conducting the orchestras of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. The masterclasses, held in Sao Paolo, will take place on July 29th and 30th, and August 1st. The program covered will be Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 and Strauss: Don Juan. For more information on these masterclasses, contact Flavio Moreira at (5511)-3351-8205.

On July 26th and 27th, Maestro Masur returns to the podium of the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira of Rio de Janeiro, after a long absence. The program will include Mozart and Bruckner. On July 31st and August 2nd, he conducts the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paolo in programs of Strauss, Beethoven, and Brahms.


HONORARY MEMBERSHIP IN KURATORIUM ALTES RATHAUS HALLE
On May 11th, 2003 Kurt Masur was named honorary member of the Kuratorium Altes Rathaus Halle. This organization is dedicated to the preservation and reconstruction of the historic old City Hall in the town of Halle, Germany. In bestowing this honor, the Kuratorium cited Maestro Masur's achievements both as a conductor and as a humanist. Halle was the location of one of Kurt Masur's first professional appointments, where he spent three years as orchestra coach at the county theater. For more informatmion, www.altes-rathaus-halle.de.

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Kurt Masur will return to the New York Philharmonic for three weeks of concerts, April 24 - May 10, 2003, with repertoire that includes World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commissions by Lukas Foss and Siegfried Matthus, both dedicated to Maestro Masur; a New York Premiere by André Previn, who will conduct his own composition; and works by Dvorák, Bartók, Brahms, J.S. Bach, Handel, and Beethoven. To read the complete New York Philharmonic press release, click here.

On Tuesday, April 22, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Maestro Masur will participate in The New York Philharmonic Offstage at Barnes & Noble, an ongoing in-store event series at Barnes & Noble, 66th St. and Broadway. Mr. Masur will be signing copies of Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic, a commemorative, full-color, hardcover book that celebrates the initiatives and artistic endeavors of his 11-year tenure.


BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Kurt Masur will lead the Boston Symphony in the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's "The Light of the End," a BSO commission, April 17-19 at Symphony Hall. The program also features music of Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. To read the complete Boston Symphony Orchestra press release, click here.

LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA TOURS GERMANY AND BELGIUM
March 17-April 1, 2003
Maestro Masur and the London Philharmonic Orchestra travel to Germany and Belgium, with concerts in 13 cities including Nürnberg, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Bremen and Brussels.

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE TOURS HONG KONG
February 26-28, 2003
The Orchestre national de France and Maestro Masur visit Hong Kong for three concerts including Mendelssohn's rarely-performed complete music for A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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    MASUR BEGINS TENURE AS MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE ORCHESTRA NATIONAL DE FRANCE
    September 2002
    Maestro Kurt Masur has taken the post of Music Director of the Orchestra National de France in Paris beginning with the 2002-2003 season. After appearances with the Orchestra in September opening the new season, Masur will return to Paris for a cycle of all Beethoven symphonies.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Masur Named Music Director Emeritus
    June 2, 2002
    The New York Philharmonic named Kurt Masur music director emeritus, making him the only person other than Leonard Bernstein to receive an honorary title from the symphony. MORE...

    KURT MASUR'S BIOGRAPHY PUBLISHED IN GERMANY
    Maestro Kurt Masur's biography has just been released by the Propyläen Publishing House in Germany. MORE...

    MAESTRO KURT MASUR RETURNS TO THE PODIUM
    February 7, 2002
    Maestro Kurt Masur returns to the podium for the first time after his surgery last fall to conduct performances of Act II and other selections from Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde," February 7, 9, 12 and 14, 2002. MORE...

    HEALTH STATEMENT FROM MAESTRO MASUR
    December 11, 2001
    Looking back at the past months, I feel deep gratitude. MORE...

    NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC SPECIAL EDITIONS™ TO RELEASE KURT MASUR AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
    10-CD Boxed Set To Offer Highlights of Maestro Masur's Eleven-Year Tenure with the Orchestra, Including Several Premiere Performances. Companion 176-Page, Full-Color, Hard Cover Book To Be Published as Tribute to the Music Director During His Valedictory Season with the Philharmonic. MORE...

    2001 YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
    Press Release
    November 3, 2001
    The winners of the 2001 Young Artists Competition, Pianist Hyung-Min Suh, age 11, Clarinetist Won-Jin Jo, age 16, and Pianist Ji-Yong Kim, age 10, were announced from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall this afternoon at the conclusion of today's final competition round. MORE...

    KURT MASUR TO WITHDRAW FROM CONCERTS FOR HEALTH REASONS
    Press Release
    September 22, 2001
    This afternoon, at a rehearsal at Avery Fisher Hall, Maestro Kurt Masur announced to the New York Philharmonic that beginning in December he would withdraw from two weeks of concerts, in addition to the New Year's Eve performance, for health reasons. MORE...

    "THANK YOU, KURT MASUR"
    NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC 2001-2002 SEASON
    During more than a decade of magnificent music-making, Music Director Kurt Masur has been the guiding force behind the New York Philharmonic. MORE...

    NEW YORK TIMES
    Masur Accepts 2d Conducting Post, in London
    November 12, 1998
    Kurt Masur, the music director of the New York Philharmonic since 1991, will become principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra as well, starting in 2000, Mr. Masur and officials of both orchestras said yesterday. MORE...