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Location

Diane and Ted Taube Auditorium
401 Van Ness Avenue - Veterans Memorial Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States
US
Event Date: 
Saturday, June 23, 2018 -
10:00am to 3:30pm

 

Featured Speaker and Pianist: Heath Lees

COMING TO GRIPS WITH THE RING

Coming to grips with Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungen is both a pleasure and a challenge.  The pleasure comes from the performance, because the music of The Ring speaks to us immediately, moving our emotions through its fabulous music and powerful story.  The challenge comes after, when our minds begin to engage with the myriad levels on which Wagner’s work operates. For many years, Heath Lees has traveled the world giving Wagner presentations that aim to bring Ring performance and understanding together into a rich and illuminating experience that prepares audiences for getting the most out of their next Ring performance. Using a host of images, piano examples and video clips, Heath shows how Wagner clothes a story idea in exactly the right musical sounds, how he makes his musical themes thread their multi-colored way through the whole 16-hour span of The Ring, and how he manages to make music into meaning and meaning into music.

Heath Lees gave a similar presentation to the Wagner Society of Northern California. His presentation style is a unique combination of master class and recital with richly detailed insight into Wagner's epic work.

Bio:

Heath Lees is Emeritus Professor of Music at Auckland University, and divides his year equally between New Zealand and France. Heath has presented many arts programs on television, including the music series Opus, and the weekly arts show Kaleidoscope. For Radio New Zealand’s Concert network, he has chalked up literally hundreds of individual programs. In 1994 Heath founded the Wagner Society of New Zealand. Lees has lectured on musical subjects in general, and Wagner in particular, in the UK, France, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and North America. As a writer, he has published many articles on different musical influences in literary works by Samuel Beckett and James Joyce. As a composer, he has a number of choral and instrumental pieces published by Roberton (UK) and Allan’s Music (Australia). His most recent book, Mallarmé and Wagner: Music and Poetic Language, deals with Wagner’s influence on the French poet Mallarmé (Ashgate UK)

 

Forum Pricing: General Admission $65.00  Wagner Society Members $55.00   San Francisco Opera Bravo Club Members $25.00

Forum Price includes a Gourmet Box Lunch

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Bio:

Heath Lees is Emeritus Professor of Music at Auckland University, and divides his year equally between New Zealand and France. Heath has presented many arts programs on television, including the music series Opus, and the weekly arts show Kaleidoscope. For Radio New Zealand’s Concert network, he has chalked up literally hundreds of individual programs. In 1994 Heath founded the Wagner Society of New Zealand.

Lees has lectured on musical subjects in general, and Wagner in particular, in the UK, France, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and North America. As a writer, he has published many articles on different musical influences in literary works by Samuel Beckett and James Joyce. As a composer, he has a number of choral and instrumental pieces published by Roberton (UK) and Allan’s Music (Australia). His most recent book, Mallarmé and Wagner: Music and Poetic Language, deals with Wagner’s influence on the French poet Mallarmé (Ashgate UK).

 

 

 

Type of Event: 
Person/Organization: 
San Francisco Opera and The Wagner Society of Northern California