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Lecture: Classical music in totalitarian regimes

Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on April 19, 1942 in celebration of Adolf Hitler's birthday the next day

Join IPR's music director Amanda Sewell at North Central Michigan College on Friday, Nov. 18 for a lecture on music under the regimes of Hitler, Stalin and Mao.

Join Interlochen Public Radio's music director Amanda Sewell for a look at the relationship between classical music and totalitarian regimes in the 20th century.

Learn how the beloved annual New Year's Day concert from the Vienna Philharmonic began as a Nazi propaganda tool, how a symphony saved composer Dmitri Shostakovich from a Soviet gulag and why almost all pianos in China were destroyed during Mao's Cultural Revolution.

This talk will be held at noon on Friday, Nov. 18 in the Library Conference Center at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.

The attendance fee is $15 and includes a lunch buffet served at 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required at