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Richard Wagner: Four Masterpieces

Short Course on Zoom, sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at American University. Four lectures presented by WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman, covering Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal.

Richard Wagner: Four Masterpieces
Richard Wagner: Four Masterpieces


Jan 30, 2023, 1:45 PM – Feb 02, 2023, 3:15 PM

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)


For  the Wagner Society's first program of 2023, WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman will present a series of  lectures on "Richard Wagner:  Four Masterpieces,"  covering Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal. They will comprise a  Short Course on Zoom, sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning  Institute (OLLI) at American University. Jim will discuss the operas’  origins, creative histories, and stories, interpretations of their  meaning, and their place in music history.  These lectures offer a great  opportunity to refresh your knowledge of the operas, and an excellent  introduction to those who are unfamiliar with them.

The  four lectures will be offered online only, on January 30 and 31, and  February 1 and 2, from 1:45-3:15 pm.  They will include substantial  audio-visuals, including clips from each opera.  Each session will  conclude with an interactive Q&A.

OLLI  offers more than 30 Short Courses during the weeks of January  30-February 3 and February 6-10.  Each one runs for 2-5 days during one  of the weeks.   Topics range from "Climate Change and Human Health" to  "The Myth and Reality of the Wild West."  You can take up to four  courses for a single fee of $100.  To participate,  please register  and sign up for the February Shorts Lottery, which will be held on  Thursday, January 12. 

Course information and registration details are  available here.

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