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Leipzig Celebrates Wagner

By Linda Tancs

German composer Richard Wagner was born on this day 200 years ago, and the folks in Leipzig are celebrating their famous son’s milestone birthday.  This year’s Wagner Festival runs through 26 May.  Today’s events include a ceremony at the Opera to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth, attended by fans and dignitaries alike.  Another highlight will surely be a production of his classic composition, Die Götterdämmerung, in the Paulinum building at the University of Leipzig.  Throughout the festival the Museum of City History will be presenting a wide-ranging exhibition on his life, relationships and works.  And stop by the maestro’s birthplace for the Tune A Day at 3:30 p.m. daily, where young musicians will perform a theme from one of his many masterpieces.

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