Wagner's Jews: Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The German opera composer Richard Wagner was notoriously anti-Semitic, and his writings on the Jews were later embraced by Hitler and the Nazis. But there is another, lesser-known side to this story. For years, many of Wagner's closest associates were Jews — young musicians who became personally devoted to him and provided crucial help to his work and career. Who were these people? What brought them to Wagner, and what brought him to them?
Panelists include Hilan Warshaw, the film's producer, director and writer; Tom Artin, author of "The Wagner Complex: Genesis and the Meaning of the Ring"; Deborah Burton: assistant professor of music, composition and theory at Boston University; and Joshua Jacobson from the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. The evening includes a performance by Koleinu, Boston's Jewish Community Chorus.