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Gil Harel presents Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Part I – Art and Revolution

November 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Richard Wagner’s towering “Ring Cycle” constitutes one of the most ambitious projects in the history of the western art music tradition. Totaling over 16 hours of music, this tetralogy took the composer over 25 years to complete.  Wagner’s conception of opera differed in significant ways from that of his predecessors. Indeed, while Mozart, Weber and others made important contributions to the operatic canon, none had articulated ideas on the order of Wagner’s “Gesamtkunstwerk”, or “total work of art.” During part one of this series, Dr. Gil Harel will discuss the genesis of the Ring Cycle, focusing on the first opera in the set: Das Rheingold. 


Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from classical repertoire to jazz and popular music, as well as opera, medieval, and renaissance music. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious “Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching”, as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was recently presented with the coveted “Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College.” At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.


November 11, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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