Music: A Tree Grows and Grows

Robert Wilson's "opera," the CIVIL warS, unfolds brilliantly

The collaboration involves four European countries, Japan and the U.S.

Such figures as East German Playwright Heiner Müller, Argentine Film Maker Edgardo Cozarinsky and American Composer Philip Glass are contributing their talents. The plot, if it may be called that, embraces history, from mythological Greece to the distant future, and has as its centerpiece the violent, haunting images of the American Civil War. For the mastermind of it all, Texas-born Robert Wilson, 42, it is the boldest venture yet in an avant-garde theatrical career that has...

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