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Saturday February 7, 2015

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Thomas Edison's Wagner Recordings

Believe it or not, many of the first of Thomas Edison's two minute cylinder recordings were of opera singers. Many of the first issues were oriented toward recording Wagner, in spite of the duration restrictions of the cylinders. It seems...

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Tuesday February 17, 2015

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Call Me Debbie

Wagner Society Members may wish to attend this program which is presented by the JCC-SF Arts and Ideas Lecture Series.

Deborah Voigt has had an illustrious career singing on the stages of the great opera houses of the world. Well known as...

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Saturday March 21, 2015

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Wagner and Bernstein: Parallels and Contrasts

Once asked how he could love Wagner, Leonard Bernstein replied, “I hate Wagner. On my knees!” Wagner and Bernstein shared extraordinary numbers of common characteristics. Both were flamboyant, controversial, and changed the face of...

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Saturday April 25, 2015

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Seminar: The Music of Wagner's Ring and the Life Cycle of an Audience

The Wagner Society is pleased to welcome Professor Heath Lees.  University professor, broadcaster, writer, and musicologist, Heath Lees is much sought-after for his lecturing skills, especially on anything to do with Wagner....

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Saturday June 13, 2015

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Berlioz and Wagner

In the 1850's the term Zukunftsmusiker could be applied to both Wagner and Berlioz - musicians of the future. During his Weimar years, Franz Liszt produced huge music festivals devoted to the works both musicians.

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Sunday July 12, 2015

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Richard Wagner - Genius in Exile

The Society will present the documentary film "Richard Wagner - Genius in Exile". What makes this film special is the film's co-director Antoine Wagner (Pasquier), great great grandson of Richard Wagner. Antoine Wagner will be with...

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