Scholarship met fun in this delightful evening. Prof. Goldmark opened our eyes to the pervasive presence of Richard Wagner in the popular American culture of the mid 20th Century. Profusely illustrated by clips of hilarious cartoons such as the classic What’s Opera, Doc? which is the source of the immortal lines, “Kill the wabbit” and “Oh Bwunhilde you’re so lovely.”
Prof. Daniel Goldmark, Director of Popular Music Studies, Case Western Reserve University. Prof. Daniel Goldmark works on American popular music, film and cartoon music, the history of the music industry, and popular music in Cleveland. He is the author of Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon (California, 2005).