The Scandal Concert

Arnold Schoenberg and Alexander von Zemlinsky were two Jews among four Austrian composers of the Second Viennese School whose modernist music caused their audience to riot on this date in 1913. Known as the Skandalkonzert (Scandal Concert), the event ended in a lawsuit after concert organizer Erhard Buschbeck punched someone — which operetta composer Oscar […]

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Cuomo and Antisemitism

by Ron Skolnik ANDREW CUOMO meant well. When, in the wake of the Trump inauguration, a disquieting series of bomb threats menaced Jewish community centers and acts of vandalism struck Jewish cemeteries nationwide, Cuomo’s rejection of antisemitism was commendably swift, impassioned and principled. “New York,” declared the state’s Governor, “has zero tolerance for bias or […]

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