A Musician Caught Between Art and Politics is Forced to Explain his Actions

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Chenango River Theatre is presenting Ronald Harwood's play 'Taking Sides'. Wilhelm Furtwängler was the best conductor of his time.  Unfortunately that time included Nazi Germany and World War II.  He remained in Germany, an ardent opponent of the Nazis, insulated by his great fame, and useful as a propaganda tool.  Yet, after the war, his actions were judged suspect. 'Taking Sides' explores the interrogations he experienced. Actor James Wetzel talks about playing the American Major charged with forcing Furtwängler to admit that he willingly collaborated with the Nazis.

 

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