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Gil Harel presents Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Part II – Of Valkyries and Heroes

November 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

In the second of the Ring operas, “Die Walküre”, Wagner introduces controversial narrative themes including incest, adultery, and the rise of a hero on the order of Nietzche’s Übermensch. As the story develops and the cast of characters grows, the composer keeps the listener simultaneously grounded and enchanted through the use of Leitmotifs – short musical cells or fragments that are associated with a character or idea. In doing this, he establishes a musical phenomenon of paramount importance that we see represented in scores ranging from Star Wars to the Harry Potter films. 


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 18, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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