Date(s) - 11/05/2017
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Taking Sides is the account of a postwar interrogation by U.S. Army Major Steve Arnold of conductor and composer Wilhelm Furtwängler. An acknowledged genius whose rise was meteoric, Furtwängler was at the pinnacle of his artistic success when Hitler rose to power in 1933. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Furtwängler stayed in Germany. Did he remain out of loyalty to his orchestra and his nation? Was he naïve to believe that art was above politics? Or was he a Nazi collaborator? Written by Ronald Harwood (The Dresser/Being Julia/Academy Award for The Pianist), this gripping, explosive, and highly provocative drama delves into the terrible collision between art, power, politics and personal responsibility.