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Gil Harel presents Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Part III – From Bayreuth to Valhalla

November 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Filled with heroes, magical swords, crafty dwarfs, lumbering giants, and even a dragon, the Ring Cycle weaves together many elements of Norse Mythology. How did Wagner – the German nationalist – come to use Scandinavian lore for his magnum opus? How does the story – as told by the composer – promote the doctrines of romantic-era philosophers such as Hegel and Schopenhauer? In this final lecture, Dr. Harel will discuss these issues while analyzing music from the final Ring opera – Die Götterdämmerung – Twilight of the Gods. 


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 25, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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