SMU is doing a Wagner Ring Marathon.
TIME: Gather around 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, whenever the showing begins -- and continue through the night.
PLACE: Bishop Boulevard on the SMU Campus close to the flagpole at the south end of the quadrangle. If you get to the flagpole, you can't miss it.
PROGRAM: DVD showing of the 1979 Bayreuth Chereau Ring -- The entire 16 hours of it! You will not be chained to the spot: You can come and go as you please, or leave at any moment.
If you are old, bring a chair. If you are young, you may want to sit on a blanket.
This showing will be Al Fresco, but if it rains, the presentation will be moved to McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall.
REFRESHMENTS: Sausage and things from Kuby's will be server. NO BOOZE! This IS a Methodist University, you know.
No need to RSVP. Just Show Up -- any time of the evening or night -- or the next morning, I guess. For more information, call 214-363-6070
If you ever wanted to see the entire Ring of the Niebelung at one 16 hour sitting, this is your chance!
Wagner at the Drive-In Picture Show
Digital images by Ed Flaspoehler - Click on picture to see enlarged view
SMU's Wagner Ring Marathon, organized for the SMU Student Union by Frances Adkins and Eric Johnson, was a great success. There was a fine turnout of SMU students, many happily snuggled up on blankets on the grass. And, as one student remarked, "a lot of adults came, too!" The turnout from the Wagner Society of Dallas included the ever-present Virginia Abdo, Sheila Harms, Darren Bell, Ed Flaspoehler, David Shifrin, and Lynn Sanders, to mention just a few. Several other WSD members came and went during the evening, and not all of the names were noted.
The large projection screen set up on the lawn provided great pictures and the sound system was superb. The generator for the electronic equipment was set up far down the field, and the noise never interfered with the music.
A German Sausage luncheon provided by Kuby's was excellent. There were two big pans of bratwurst and knackwurst, with German potato salad and sauerkraut as accompaniment. Plenty of buns, condiments, and soft drinks made for a fine meal. Too bad there was not some good German beer! All the food was gone by 11:00 pm, so obviously, everyone was well fortified for Das Rheingold.
Because of the approaching summer season, darkness did not start until after 8:30, so we began in the evening twilight with washed out pictures on the big screen. But as darkness descended, the pictures on the screen became mesmerizing as the complex story of Wagner's Ring Cycle began to unfold.
Das Rheingold ended about 10:30, and after a short intermission for everyone to unwind a bit, on the evening went with Die Walkure. After the first act, many of the adults faded out and went home, since it was after midnight. But several WSD members stayed for the entire event, including Darren Bell and David Shifrin. They are to be commended both for their stamina and their determination to see the whole thing through.
Organizer Frances Adkins felt this whole event was such a success, both with the students and the general public, that she plans to have another outdoor showing next Easter of Wagner's Parsifal.
Ed Flaspoehler, WSD