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The Rhine, Wagner, and the Rhinemaidens

WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman will present "Talking Rivers, Talking Water—The Rhine, Wagner, and the Rhinemaidens" as part of the Kennedy Center's RiverRun Festival! Tickets are free but you must reserve on Kennedy Center site.

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The Rhine, Wagner, and the Rhinemaidens
The Rhine, Wagner, and the Rhinemaidens


Apr 06, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kennedy Center - Justice Forum, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, USA


The mighty Rhine river is among the world's iconic waterways. Since Roman times, it has been at the center of the econimic, military and cultural development of western Europe. From the Middle Ages, it has occupied a special position in the evolution of German art and cultural identity. Today the Rhine is closely associated with Richard Wagner's monumental opera cycle, The Ring of the Nibelung. And no characters in the The Ring, or any other artwork, are more closely associated with the Rhine river than the Rhinemaindens, the seductive nymphs who guard the magical gold in the river's depths.  Mr. Holman's talk will focus on the Rhine, Wagner, and especially on the Rhinemaidens, both their music and their crucial roles in the drama of The Ring

This presentation is part of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts International Program "Talking Rivers, Talking Water" in the RiverRun Festival. The Rhine, Wagner, and the Rhinemaidens will take place on Thursday April 6 2023, from 6:00 7:00pm in the Justice Forum at The REACH at the Kennedy Center. 

Tickets are free but you must reserve them on the Kennedy Center site. And do consider attending more of the programs included in the RiverRun Festival!

Presentation followed by Q&A. 

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