The Wagner Society of Northern California is part of a tradition dating from 1871 when Richard Wagner inspired the founding of the Wagner Vereine in the hope that they would finance the first Bayreuth Festival performance of The Ring. The drawing room at Wahnfried was painted with the coats-of-arms of all the German cities with Wagner Societies.
Today, the Society, one of many around the world, provides an opportunity for lovers of Wagner’s music—from the beginner to the sophisticate—to come together and share experiences, learn, and help promote appreciation and performance of the works of Richard Wagner.
The Society is characterized by the warmth and camaraderie enjoyed by those sharing a deep common interest. The Society sponsors a variety of public programs and social events, publishes a quarterly journal, supports aspiring Wagner artists through a grant program, and, as often as possible, provides members with tickets to the Bayreuth Festival.