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Conductor Kurt Masur hospitalized but OK after fall off podium

Kurt Masur, former music director of the New York Philharmonic, was hospitalized after an onstage injury at Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris.

The 84-year-old conductor fell from the podium into the front row of the audience while conducting the National Orchestra of France on Thursday night.

Masur was taken to Georges Pompidou hospital in Paris, where reports say he didn’t sustain serious injuries and will soon be released. No audience members were injured during the incident.

“He fell upside down onto his back because his left foot was too near the edge of the podium. It’s not linked to health problems. He’s as healthy as anyone of his age,” the orchestra’s spokeswoman, Camille Grabowski, told the Associated Press.


The renowned German conductor recently had to cancel a series of performances citing his current physical condition; officials offered no further explanation.

Last spring Masur led the Los Angeles Philharmonic and violinist Sarah Chang at Walt Disney Concert Hall, his debut in that venue. In the L.A. Times, critic Richard S. Ginell wrote that the then 83-year-old conductor appeared “thinner and gaunter than memory recalls, but still keeping up a most active pace.”


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