On October 28, 2013, the NAU School of Music presented a concert to celebrate the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner as part of the ongoing Horizons Concert Series.

This evening epitomized the deep interrelationship of idea, context, and artistry in Wagner’s music by engaging scholars and performers at the highest level of intellectual and aesthetic inquiry. Truly, this was an event on par with Wagner celebrations in musical capitals anywhere in the world.

Jeffrey Swann—widely acclaimed pianist, international Steinway artist, and the Adel Artist in Residence in the School of Music—wrote: “NAU’s celebration of the 200th Birthday of Richard Wagner managed, without the disposal of an opera house nor of a symphony orchestra, to give in a few short hours an extraordinarily complete panorama of the work, the role, and the significance of this most controversial yet influential of Romantic composers.”