2017 WSWDC Newsletter

This beautifully produced document celebrates WSWDC's upcoming 20th anniversary and looks ahead to some of our special commemorative activities! It also contains a retrospective of our 2016-17 events, news on the American Wagner Project, updates on AWP singers, a report on this past year's Wildnis weekend, a look at changes at WNO, and much, much more!

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2017 Fall Season Lineup!

Our 2017-18 Season is about to get underway! Watch your mail for a brochure and scroll down for additional information on these events!

Jeffrey Swann: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and Wagner, Sep 17, Katzen Arts Center, AU
Charles Affron: Wagner at the Met 1908-41, Oct 12, Goethe-Institut
Georgetown U Orchestra: Selections from Wagner, Nov 19, Gaston Hall, GU
Saul Lilienstein: Wagner & Eastern Europe, Dec 6, Goethe-Institut

And from our friends at BSO:
Wagner's Quest, Oct 6 & 8, Music Center at Strathmore

BSO@Strathmore: Wagner's Quest

Friday, October 6, 2017, 8:15 pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 3:00 pm
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Click here for directions and parking.

In this program from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the elusive Holy Grail is a metaphor throughout history for desires beyond reach. In Parsifal, a young knight's quest is a heroic search for forgiveness and reconciliation.

At Friday's "Off the Cuff" presentation, BSO Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz explores the controversial composer’s dramatic quest. Sunday's performance includes Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Bruch's Scottish Fantasy.

Click here for tickets! (See link for additional performances at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.)

Charles Affron: Wagner at the Met, 1908-1941

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 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)

Charles Affron is Professor Emeritus of French Literature at New York University. He and his wife, Mirella Jona Affron, are the authors of Grand Opera: The Story of the Met. The lecture, illustrated with audio-visual clips, has been enthusiastically received by the Boston and New York Wagner Societies.

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

Georgetown U Orchestra: Selections from Wagner

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Pre-concert talk at 4:15 pm, Concert at 5:00 pm
Gaston Hall, Georgetown University
37th & O Streets, NW

The GU Orchestra, in collaboration with WSWDC and PostClassical Ensemble, presents a selection of excerpts from Parsifal and Die Walküre. Featuring bass baritone Kevin Deas and tenor William Green, alumnus of The American Wagner Project, a partnership of WSWDC with Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.

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

Saul Lilienstein: Wagner on the Mind in Eastern Europe

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 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)

A former student of Leonard Bernstein, Saul Lilienstein has served as Director of the Handel Choir of Baltimore and the Harford Choral Society and, for many years, as Artistic Director and Conductor of Maryland’s Harford Opera Theatre and then of Operetta Renaissance in Baltimore. He received WSWDC's Wagner Award in 2005.

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

Additional Events -- Details to Follow Soon!

Oktoberfest: Sunday, October 29, 2017, at the Goldens' residence. By invitation only, for premium members.

WSWDC 20th Anniversary Gala: Early 2018, at the German Ambassador’s residence. Invitations will go to all members.

American Wagner Project Concert: Date and time TBA, at the Swiss Embassy. Ticketed event open to the public.

Wagner in der Wildnis: June 1-3, 2018, at Cacapon Resort State Park. Registration opens in January 2018.

Lilienstein, Holman, and Auguin on DVD!

NEWS FLASH: Recent lectures now available! Click here for details!

Three New Sets of Wildnis Lectures Now Available Online!

We are happy to announce that audio recordings of WSWDC's Wagner in der Wildnis lectures on Tannhäuser (2008), Siegfried (2013), and Götterdämmerung (2014) are now available online! Click the titles to listen!

We now have a total of seven sets of Wildnis lectures archived--including the lectures on all four operas of the Ring--featuring insights from Pianist Jeffrey Swann, Professor Simon Williams, and WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman. WSWDC thanks longtime member Marc Nicholson for his efforts and support in facilitating and financing these valuable archives of artistic scholarship.

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!