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Wagner Society of Dallas

Cushing Atelier 2009 Exhibition


Cushing Atelier 2009 Exhibition
Chamber Music in Memoriam Dorothea Kelley
New Philharmonic of Irving Honors WSD
Alessandra Comini - Käthe Kollwitz: Revolutions Great and Small
2009 Holiday Party
New Year's Eve Party
Valentine's Concert in Fort Worth
Movie Screening: Meeting Venus
Wagner 197th Birthday Party
Desiree Mays - Heroes of the Ring

Wagner Society of Dallas

Annual Exhibition
Cushing Atelier

paintings, prints and drawings by students of

Ann Cushing Gantz

September 20, 2009
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

WSD: A Composite of Lily Glade by Joseph Raffael

WSD: Ann Cushing Gantz and Virginia Abdo

Reception Music

The Elliot Wright Quartet, from the Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School, will perform from 1 o'clock - 3 o'clock. (Elliot Wright is Ann Cushing Gantz's grandson.)

Virginia Abdo's Non Troppo Strings will perform from 3 o'clock until 5 o'clock.

Auction Painting

The image on the front of this card is the result of intensive study of a painting, "Lily Glade", by Joseph Raffael.

A giclee was made and cut into pieces. Each painter copied one piece to an 11" x 14" canvas. Once completed the canvases were assembled to recreate the original. 36 painters took part in this creation. The painting will be installed for a silent auction during the reception. The piece will go to the highest bidder, and the money will be donated to the Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School.


WSD: Cushing Atelier
The Exhibition

WSD President Roger Carroll and Friends
Roger Carroll and Friends

Cushing Atelier,
11333 N. Central Expressway,
Dallas, Texas

WSD: Ann Gantz
Ann Cushing Gantz



WSD Upcoming Events for 2008-2009
October 20, 2008 Katherina Wagner's Baptism of Fire - DVD presentation of the film documenting the creation of her debut production of Die Meistersinger at Bayreuth 2007. At the Lakewood Public Library. 6:30 pm. Film begins at 7:00. 90 minutes.
October 23-25, 2008 Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. Conducted by Carlos Kalmar. Meet for dinner beforehand at L'Ancestral.
November 2, 2008 George Steel, new general manager of the Dallas Opera. At Park Towers, 3310 Fairmount, Dallas, TX 75201-1232. Time 4:30. Must RSVP: 214-827-7352.
November 13, 2008 Alessandra Comini lectures on The Changing Image of Beethoven, including Beethoven's influences on Wagner. SMU Meadow's Museum. 5:30 p.m. Reception by WSD.
December 13, 2008 David Morgan Chamber Music for Clarinet, Viola and Piano. December 13, 2008.
February 22, 2009 A program of lieder and chamber music for voice and instruments featuring BEVERLY HOCH, soprano, Brent Buemi, clarinet, Kristin Hawn, cello and David Morgan piano
June 28, 2009 Wagner Birthday Party
WSD Recent Events
October 20, 2007 Will Whitmire, a young tenor from SMU, sings Robert Schumann's LeiderKreis, Opus 24, at the home of Dolores Williams Dooley, 4:00 pm
April 11-13, 2008 Ann Petty and Metroplex Opera presents Sigmund Romburg's The Student Prince at the Lakewood Theater
April 19, 2008 Chamber Music for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, performed by David Morgan, Bruce Buemi and April Kondrat.
May 4, 2008 Schubert's Winterreise sung by Albert Meisenbach with pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa
May 22, 2008 Wagner's Birthday Party - Join us at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard to celebrate Wagner's 195th Birthday. Baya Kakouberi accompanies violinist Gary Levinson

All dates and events subject to change.


It's That Time Again!

Please Renew your Membership in
the Wagner Society of Dallas

Annual Membership Fee is $35 Per Person

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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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