January 21–25, 2013
Manhattan School of Music will again host its annual Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in January 2013. This unique program offers direct instruction to a select group of conductors, hand-picked by Maestro Masur from an international pool of applicants. Each day, in a series of open rehearsals, the participants are given the opportunity to conduct an orchestra of Manhattan School of Music students, chosen especially for the seminar, in a master class format, followed by post-rehearsal discussion and critique with Maestro Masur. The seminar concludes with a concert led by Maestro Masur and the seminar participants he has selected to conduct.
Kurt Masur has had a longstanding relationship with Manhattan School of Music, playing a significant role as a guest conductor in concerts, orchestral readings, and rehearsals since 1992. He has also been the key figure in symposia on Brahms and Mendelssohn. In 1993, Manhattan School of Music awarded Kurt Masur the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, honoris causa.