Originally Posted by Lucky Strike
oh, boy, where to begin?
1. While I personally have fondness for a lot of wagner, and while I personally am open to free flow of culture, I can fully understand the unofficial banning of wagner from the large orchastras and opera house in israel. if for no other reason that that there are still a lot of holocust survivors in israel, and that the music brings on tramatic memories. it is not an attempt to keep jews or israelis from knowing wagner, his material is still sold in israel, most israelis travel and have an opportunity to hear wagner performed live, if they so wish, and the smaller musical organizations play wagner - this is not an act of censorship so much as sensibility.
2. to emphasize the above, several years ago a well regarded egyptian opera singer, who specialized in egyption nationalistic music from the 60's and early 70's was brought to israel to play in one of the largest (possibly the largest) hall in israel under the auspices of the israel festival. she played several days to sold out theatres, playing music that had been used to incite the egyption crowds and armies before the 67 and 73 wars, where thousands of israelis were killed. can you imagine, in the US in the early 1960's, bringing in a performer from 1940's japan who had been well known for pushing the war effort, and having him perform to sold out audiences of non-japanese speaking americans?
3. I think that the conductor, barambuim, acted in an extremly rude and unacceptable way. he was invited in, he knew the rules, what he did was not acceptable.
4. I find it interesting that he needs to talk about wagner with Edward Said, somebody who literally made arafat look like a moderate, when it came to israel.
5. I also find it interesting that a socialist e-paper finds this newworthy.