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Wagner Society of Dallas
The Dallas Goethe Center

Invite You to a Recital By

Erik Nelson Werner, baritone 
Heejung Kang, piano


Wagner's Birthday Party 2004
On the Road with Pat Mattingly
Darren Woods & Joe Illick - FW Opera
Alessandra Comini - Love from Afar
Roy Stevens - Heldentenor
Karen Stone - Dallas Opera
Erik Werner Benefit Recital

5:45 pm - Sunday, September 21, 2003

Dorothea Kelley Recital Hall
4808 Drexel Drive
Dallas, TX

Erik Werner and Heejung Kang

Lieder, Arias and Songs by
Wagner, Schumann, Hoiby, Mozart, and Kletzki


Richard Wagner - from Tannhauser

  • Blick ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise

Robert Schumann - Four Songs by J. Kerner from Liederkreis, op. 35

  • 2. Stirb Lieb un Freund

  • 5. Sehnsucht nach der Waldgegend

  • 7. Wanderung

  • 10. Stille Traenen

Lee Hoiby - Three Songs from "I was There - Five Poems of Walt Whitman"

  • 1. Beginning my Studies

  • 4. O Captain! My Captain!

  • 2. A Clear Midnight

Richard Wagner - from Tannhauser:

  • Lied an den Abendstern

W.A. Mozart - from Don Giovanni, KV 527

  • Cavatine: Deh, vieni alla finestra

Maurice Ravel - Don Quichotte a Dulcinee: Trois Poems de Paul Morand (1934)

  1. Chanson Romanesque

  2. Chanson epique

  3. Chanson a boire

W.A. Mozart - from Don Giovanni, KV 527

  • Fin ch'han dal vino

Josef Knettel

  • Junggesellenlied (Loens?)

  • Liebeslied (Rilke)

  • Stille Fahrt (Bergmann)

Paul Kletzki

  • Requiem (Meyer) op. 6

  • Nebel (Lenau) op. 2

  • Bitte (Lenau) op 2

Digital Photo Essay by Ed Flaspoehler
(Click on images for Enlarged View)

Listening Intently

A Full House

Preparing to Sing

Greg McConeghy

Bill Herrera

Virginia Abdo

Erik with Mom and Dad
and a Sultry Virginia Abdo

A Big Smile!

Taking a Bow

Mr and Mrs Arend Koch, Billie Cook, Joan Merriman

Gaston, Kyle and Bruce

Refreshments on the Patio

Erik Nelson Werner completed his Abitur in Wiesbaden, Germany, and studied voice in Berlin. He won the Geneva International Music Competition in 2001 and was invited to sing at the Bayerischer Staatsoper. He won prizes from Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London, the Brahms Competition in Graz, Austria, and the Schwerin International Song Competition. He sang at the Ravinia Music Festival's Stearns Institute in August 2002.

Heejung Kang was born in Seoul, Korea, and studied at the Seoul Music and Art High School for musically gifted teenagers. She won highest honors from the College of Music, Ewha Woman's University, in Seoul. Later, from this university, she earned her Masters Degree in piano. Currently, she is completing her degree in piano performance at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She has also studied at the City University of New York and the Mannes College of Music.


Ann Bell, Hazel and Bill Hendrix, Sheila Jones Harms, Bruce Jaster, Dr. & Mrs. J.B. Kerbow, Dr. & Mrs. Jerold Lancourt, Gaston Maurin & Kyle Kerr.

One of the Wagner Society’s main purposes is to help financially young and deserving singers in advancing their careers.

This is a Benefit Recital to help Mr. Werner further his wonderfully promising career. Suggested donation is $25, but smaller -- and especially -- LARGER gifts would all be appreciated.

If you would like to sponsor this program and have your name listed in the program, send $50 -- OR MORE.

All proceeds go to Mr. Werner, winner of the Dallas Opera Career Development Grant for singers, the McCammon Award, and the Richard Tucker Award.

Light Refreshments Were Served

Wagner Society of Dallas
P.O. Box 25201
Dallas, TX 75225-1201
(214) 363-6070
Dallas Goethe Center
P.O. Box 600533
Dallas, TX 75360-0533
(214) 352-4646

Welcome to The Wagner Society of Dallas. You know, as Texans, we're bound to strive for being the biggest and best of all the Wagner groups in the world over.

My hope, in addition, is that we ensure your attendance and participation by offering an interesting, stimulating, and enjoyable array of meetings, recitals, and travel. Let us know if you have suggestions for future activities, and do make an effort to join in during the coming months with your membership, attendance, and above all joy of being with fellow Wagner aficionados.

Roger Carroll
President of the Wagner Society of Dallas

The Wagner Society of Dallas - Virginia R. Abdo and Dr. James T. Wheeler,

The Wagner Society of Dallas is devoted to furthering the enjoyment and appreciation of the music of Richard Wagner. The Dallas group is one of many Wagner Societies all over the world. It is a non-profit organization open to anyone who enjoys the works of Richard Wagner and who would like to participate in the Society’s activities.

The Wagner Society of Dallas has monthly meetings and programs which feature recitals, lectures, video screenings, receptions for opera singers and personalities, and trips to Wagner performances in other cities. We welcome music lovers who are already familiar with Wagner’s works as well as those who may want to become more knowledgeable about Wagner’s music.

Member Benefits include attendance at programs, our newsletter, discount on books and CD’s, advance notice of events and selected ticket services, receipt of the Membership Directory, ticket allotments to Bayreuth, and an active link with fellow Wagnerians throughout the world.


The Wagner Society of Dallas

PO Box 25201
Dallas, TX 75225-0201
(214) 363-6070

Virginia R. Abdo and
Dr. James T. Wheeler

email: WSD@

Digital Photos on this website, unless otherwise noted,
copyright Edward P. Flaspoehler, JR

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Many Wagner Society of Dallas members fondly remember Sheila Jones Harms, who was an active member of the organization, and who presented many interesting programs and recitals over the years.

Now, WSD member Ed Flaspoehler has completed his biography of Sheila, called The Cold War Soprano: Memoirs of a Singer-Spy.

If you are interested in opera and fine singing, Sheila's biography will surely be of interest to you. Not only will you get an inside glimpse of what it takes to become an opera singer, and learn about the world of opera in Post- WWII Vienna, but, because Sheila and her husband Werner, were also CIA agents, you will get a look at the Cold War from a personal point of view.

You can get a copy of Ed's book on the internet at

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is a Member of
The International Association of Wagner Societies

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