World IN BRIEF : ISRAEL : Orchestra Performs Wagner as Rehearsal

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra gave its promised performance of music by Richard Wagner but sought to forestall protests by treating the event as a rehearsal. There was an outcry nonetheless that Israel's premier orchestra had broken its 53-year-old taboo on performing works by the German composer, a favorite of Hitler. But the protests, like the concert, were delivered in a minor key. A lone concentration camp survivor stood outside the auditorium with a protest placard, and Parliament Speaker Dov Shilansky, also a Holocaust survivor, went on Israel radio to ask: "Why, in God's name, why?"

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