Originally Posted by globetrotter
oh, boy, where to begin?
Quote: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.
Quote: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.
Quote: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.