Discrimination and mistreatment of Jews dates back to the earliest days of Christianity

and beyond, but reached new levels of social acceptability in nineteenth century Europe,

spurred on by the writings and actions of respected artists and intellectuals, including the

influential composer, Richard Wagner. It was into this environment that Gustav Mahler

was born in 1860 in Bohemia, then part of the Austrian Empire. This four-part course,

with musical examples, examines the background of anti-Semitism, the prominent role of

Wagner, the impact on Mahler’s life and career, and the musical and social legacy right up

to the present day.

Brian Hailes has an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts (Music) from Berkshire Community College, studied classical baritone at

Berkshire Music School and is working to complete his B.A. (Music) at Westfield State University. After singing and playing guitar

in clubs and on radio in the UK, he served on the board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Council for the Arts

Music Panel. Brian previously worked in technology, has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, a Diploma in Management Studies and

is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.


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