Posted October 30, 2020

Posted Thursday September 17, 2020

For those of you who missed the launch of Alex Ross’ new book, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music on Monday, the event – co-sponsored by The Wagner Society of New York and The Powerhouse Arena – featured an interview with the author by longtime New York Times film critic A.O. Scott. I found the discussion especially compelling, as the themes explored, both in the interview and in Ross’ book, revolve around the problem of reconciling the work of an artist with the cult of personality which so often colors our appreciation of them. It’s the central theme of our Art vs. Artist 2-part seminar series, originally planned for next month, but postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. Fortunately, the co-sponsors of Monday’s event have made the one-hour interview with Alex Ross available for free, which I highly recommend!

Additionally, our friends at The Wagner Society of Washington, D.C. (WSWDC) just announced their rather busy Fall 2020 schedule of live-streamed events, the first of which is today. It is also an interview with Alex Ross, this time in partnership with Politics & Prose bookstore, with Anne Midgette, formerly chief classical music critic for the Washington Post. The event is today, Thursday, September 17, at 5 PM CDT. More information and tickets are available here.