ALL NEW: 2016 WSWDC Newsletter!

Hot off the presses! We've all been waiting for the latest newsletter from WSWDC, and you can read it now before it arrives in your snail-mailbox! This beautifully produced document contains a sneak peek at upcoming activities, a retrospective of our 2015-16 events, a look back at the WNO Ring, news on the American Wagner Project, updates on AWP singers, and much, much more!

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Jeffrey Swann Concert: A Homage to Shakespeare

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 6:00 pm
Abramson Recital Hall, Katzen Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Free weekend parking in underground garage

Pianist Jeffrey Swann pays a “Homage to Shakespeare” on the 400th anniversary of his death. Selections include Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata in D Minor, six scenes from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Wagner/Busoni’s Siegfried’s Funeral March from Götterdämmerung, Smetana’s Macbeth and the Three Witches, Debussy’s Dance of Puck prelude, and selections from Mendelssohn/Liszt's Midsummer’s Night Dream.

Dr. Swann has had a worldwide concert career and is a featured lecturer at the Wagner in der Wildnis retreat and at Bayreuth. His large and varied repertoire includes more than 50 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez.

Tickets $15.00. 2017 WSWDC members and all students are FREE!

For free tickets, you must do both of the following: (1) Join WSWDC or renew for 2017, and (2) click here to RSVP for the concert.

For regular tickets, reserve your spot by using the form below.

You may also download this form to submit by mail or fax.

Jeffrey Swann Concert 2016
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Peter Kalkavage: Schopenhauer’s Will and Wagner’s Eros

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Doors open at 7:00 pm, lecture begins promptly at 7:30 pm
German-American Heritage Museum
719 6th Street, NW
Metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Yellow, and Green Lines)

Peter Kalkavage, senior faculty member at St. Johns College in Annapolis and director of the St. John’s Chorus, discusses Schopenhauer, Wagner, and Nietzsche. Peter is the author of The Logic of Desire: An Introduction to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. He has also translated Plato's Timaeus and co-translated Plato's Phaedo and Sophist. A reception will follow.

Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP online here or call 703-370-1923.

 

 

Antoine Wagner: Wagner--A Genius in Exile

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7:30 pm
Goethe-Institut
1990 K Street, NW, Suite 3 (enter on 20th Street lower level)
Metro to Farragut West (Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines) or Farragut North (Red Line)

Antoine Wagner is the great-great-grandson of Richard Wagner as well as the great-great-great-grandson of Franz Liszt. As the son of Eva Wagner, the co-director of the annual Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, he was steeped in family history as a child. Earlier this year, Antoine Wagner produced and starred in the documentary film with director Andy Sommer, Wagner: A Genius in Exile. In this musical road movie, he is shown retracing his great-greatgrandfather's flight to Zurich after he became enmeshed in the Dresden revolutions of 1848 and 1849.

Click here to see a trailer.

Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP online here or call 703-370-1923.

Saul Lilienstein: Wagner, Mann, and Mahler

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7:30 pm
Goethe-Institut
1990 K Street, NW, Suite 3 (enter on 20th Street lower level)
Metro to Farragut West (Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines) or Farragut North (Red Line)

The impact of these three creative minds defines a Germanic genius, from the mid-19th century and into the early 20th century. Lilienstein will explore Richard Wagner’s seminal influence on Mann’s writing and on Mahler’s music. Thomas Mann found additional sources of inspiration in Wagner’s probing music dramas and Mahler’s conflicted symphonic struggles. These catalysts triggered the imagination of a great writer. Explore the richness of the profound relationship between the music we love and the literature it inspired.

Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP online here or call 703-370-1923.

Bachtrack Opera Awards--Results

The winner in the "Best Production" category in the Bachtrack Opera Awards was the Dutch National Opera's production of Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame, with 69% of total votes cast. The WNO Ring came in second, at 20%. Click here for complete results.

Thanks to all who voted in support of the WNO Ring!

Jim Holman on WETA: Wagner's Ring for Beginners!

Photo Credit: WETA

WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman was recently interviewed by WETA's Marilyn Cooley on the subject of Wagner's Ring. Jim guided her--and her listeners--through the story and background of this major work of Western art. Click here to listen to the full interview!

Massive Playbill for the WNO Ring!

Click here to view online and here to download the PDF! This special 100-page issue contains articles, synopses, artist interviews, event schedules -- AND an ad from WSWDC (p. 37)! We share the page with Placido Domingo!

 

WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin on The Ring

Click here to read the article in Washington National Opera's blog, WNO Notebook!

WSWDC Attends Jennifer Wilson's Met Debut!

Jennifer Wilson, an alumna of WSWDC's Emerging Singers Program (now the American Wagner Project), sang the title role in the Zeffirelli production of Puccini's Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera on November 12, 2015! WSWDC members were in attendance for the big event! Click here for additional photos on WSWDC's Facebook page! Congratulations, Jennifer!