March 10, 2015 1:00 pm -

This happened after management realized a snippet of Nazi German anthem would be included.


The New York Youth Symphony was set to premiere the orchestral work on Sunday at the prestigious concert hall but the orchestra’s management removed it, saying that such an explosive musical reference required a longer conversation.

No one has suggested any Nazi sympathy by composer Jonas Tarm, a 21-year-old Estonian American, who intended for the work to deplore war including recent bloodshed in Ukraine.

But the controversy raised a broader question — how explicitly do artists need to state that allusions to history’s darkest chapters are meant to condemn rather than condone?



D.B. Hirsch
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One response to Carnegie Hall Debut Canceled Over Nazi Anthem

  1. fahvel March 10th, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    there’s a certain level of blindness and political correctness at large blinding many americans.