German Conductor Kurt Masur (1927 - 2015)
Kurt Masur, 18 July 1927 – 19 December 2015, German conductor, often described as "one of the last old-style maestros"
He had a long career as the Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and also served as music director of the New York Philharmonic. He left many recordings of classical music played by major orchestras. Masur is also remembered for his actions to support peaceful demonstrations in the 1989 anti-government demonstrations in Leipzig; the protests were part of the events leading up to the fall of the Berlin wall.