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Israel Wagner Concert is Cancelled -- Again
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 06:48 PM
Perhaps the third time will be the charm for the Israel Wagner Society.
The society had originally planned to break a seven-decade unofficial boycott of works by Richard Wagner in the Jewish state with an orchestral concert at Tel Aviv University on June 18. It was called off following a wave of protests.
Wagner Society organizers then thought they had found a replacement venue for the concert this coming Saturday at the Tel Aviv Hilton. But Haaretz reports that the hotel owners changed their mind and cancelled the show on Friday.
"Everything was agreed upon with the Hilton's management," Wagner Society founder Yonathan Livny told the newspaper. A contract was signed and advertisements were placed in the local media.
"We don’t know the reason for cancellation," Livny continued. "Meanwhile, this whole ordeal is dragging out huge expenses."
The Hilton has not commented publicly about the reason for the cancellation. Ticket holders are said to be eligible for refunds.
The Society, which has hired a 100-piece orchestra for their planned concert, continues to look for other possible venues, including in "Airport City," near Ben Gurion Airport.
If the concert is rescheduled, it will be a rarity but not necessarily a first for Wagner in Israel; in 2001, Daniel Barenboim conducted selections from Tristan und Isolde in Jerusalem.