Nov 18, 2010

#BDS: 'Wagner is just music, not politics'

As a child in Vienna, Roberto Paternostro saw his grandfather attack an SS officer who sent his family to concentration camps. This didn't stop Israel Chamber Orchestra conductor from initiating controversial concert at festival honoring German anti-Semitic composer

BERLIN - Roberto Paternostro, the artistic director and Austrian conductor of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, is going through hard times. At first, he was forced to deal with harsh reactions inIsrael, particularly on the part of Holocaust survivors, following hisinitiative to have an Israeli orchestra participate for the first time in a festival held every summer in Bayreuth – the city of German anti-Semitic composer Richard Wagner.

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