HUC-UC Ethics Center & the Cincinnati Opera Present "Ethics in the Arts"

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Ethics Center and the Cincinnati Opera Present "Ethics in the Arts"

The Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems and Cincinnati Opera present "Ethics in the Arts" -- The Musicality of Violence: The Aesthetics of Terror, on Sunday, June 20th, 2004 at 5:00 PM at the S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati. This public symposium features Lydia Goehr, America's leading thinker on music and politics, and composer Peter Bengtson, in advance of the US premiere of his opera The Maids.

Lydia Goehr, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, will explore the attempt to humanize inhumane events and situations, using the opera The Maids as an example, and the role of music in concentration camps as demonstrated in the opera The Emperor of Atlantis. Lydia Goehr has taught at Columbia University since 1995 and is an internationally acclaimed musicologist. Peter Bengtson, one of Sweden's leading young composers, will discuss his opera The Maids -- based on Jean Genet's play Les Bonnes -- which is being produced by Cincinnati Opera for its American premiere.

This provocative discussion is part of the interactive lectures related to Cincinnati Opera's 2004 Summer Festival conducted at community venues throughout the Tristate and coincides with Cincinnati Opera's upcoming double-bill production of the company premiere of Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis, written while the composer was in the concentration camp at Terezín, and the U.S. premiere of Peter Bengtson's The Maids.

Presented by the Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems in cooperation with the Cincinnati Opera, this event is open to the public and free of charge, however, reservations are required. For reservations or for more information contact the HUC-UC Ethics Center at (513) 221-1875, ext. 367.

Cincinnati Opera's 2004 Season Presenting Sponsor is U.S. Bank. The 2004 Summer Festival also is made possible with support from the Fine Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, City of Cincinnati, and many generous foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of Cincinnati Opera, and Jaguar is the official automobile of the 2004 Summer Festival season.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu