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  • (Tuesday) The Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and the French-American cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton join forces for an unusual recital program that includes the premieres of David Leisner's "Wunderbare Wesen" ("The Miraculous Essence," a German translation by Richard Wilhelm, of texts by Lao Tzu) and Lori Laitman's setting of Paul Celan's "Todesfuge" ("Deathfugue"), as well as works by Schubert and Bach.

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  • To begin with, Ozick prefaces the book with two lines from Paul Celan’s Todesfuge—untranslated, as if she were unwilling to dilute their strength:dein goldenes Haar Margarete dein aschenes Haar SulamithIn the standard interpretation, these lines are said to differentiate a golden-haired Aryan, perhaps the girlfriend of a camp Kommandant the poem’s “man [who] lives in house [and] plays with serpents”, from an ashen-haired Jewish victim.

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