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  • Planned Wagner concert stopped at Tel Aviv U

    June 4, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    Tel Aviv University put a stop to a planned concert of music by German composer Richard Wagner.

    In a letter denying the request to hold the concert in a campus auditorium, the university said that Yonatan Livni, founder of the Israel Wagner Society, concealed the organization’s name...

  • Israeli orchestra to play Wagner piece in Germany

    July 25, 2011 | 11:25 am

    The Israel Chamber Orchestra plans to perform a composition by Richard Wagner in Germany, breaking an Israel taboo against playing the anti-Semitic composer’s music.

    The ensemble will play “Siegfried’s Idyll” in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth at an annual festival devoted to...

  • Let Wagner Be Heard?

    August 26, 2009 | 7:04 pm

    Why is it I simply cannot condone the presentation and celebration of Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” in Los Angeles, arriving with much fanfare this coming spring?

    Because Richard Wagner was an extraordinary musician, and an even more extraordinary anti-Semite. Open his own...

  • Jewish literacy Is a mitzvah—and not fulfilled with phonetics

    By Richard Wagner

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the People of the Book, literacy is a mitzvah, a sanctified behavior that draws us closer to God and the Jewish community.

    Pirkei Avot, or Ethics of the Fathers, described a curriculum in the year 200: "A 5-year-old begins Tanach," or scripture; "a 10-year-old begins Mishnah,"...

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  • Richard Wagner’s Day of Reckoning

    By Tom Tugend

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Was Richard Wagner, Hitler's favorite composer, a classical anti-Semite and proto-Nazi or has conventional assumption given him a bad rap?

    Who better to consider the question than Wagner himself, and he does on his last day on earth in 1883 in an apologia pro su vida addressed to the...

  • Striking a Discordant Note

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Gottfried Wagner was only 9 when he stole a key his father had hidden and slipped into the Festspielhaus, the shrine to his great-grandfather, Richard Wagner.

    With his heart pounding, he sneaked into the dusty, dirty rooms above the old set-painting workshop and made a startling...

  • Mideast

    By Eric Silver

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Richard Strauss's opera "Salome" had its Israeli premiere grave;re in Tel Aviv this month. Strauss, who died in 1949,served, however briefly, as a cultural official in Adolf Hitler'sNazi administration. The season, by the visiting Kirov Opera from St.Petersburg, was an unchallenged...