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Wagner Society of Dallas

Wagner 197th Birthday Party


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

Invites you to

 An Early 197th Birthday Party for Richard Wagner

April 17, 2010
5:00 p.m.

Hosted by

Richard M. Barrett
5745 Chatham Hill Road,
Dallas, TX 75225-3209


Music Provided by

Violinist Gary Levinson
Pianist Baya Kakouberi
Special Guest Artists

RSVP - only if coming -
to (214) 827-7352

$25 members and $30 guests
please pay at the door

August Wilhelmj.jpgApril 17, 2010, was a remarkable performance.

Gary Levinson and Baya Kakouberi took us on a journey of discovery, performing Wagner opera highlights as paraphrased by August Wilhelmj, Wagner’s own concertmaster of the Bayreuth Orchestra. Wilhemj’s tasteful music does justice to Wagner’s masterful sense of breadth and color using only violin and piano.

  • Paraphrase über Walther's Preislied aus Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Gary and Baya also performed the rarely heard music by French composer Jean Baptiste Singelée, whose catalog includes works for tenor saxophone, and in this case, a Gallic take on Die Meistersinger. Herman Ritter, who created the unique violas which separate the Bayreuth sound from all others, provided a compelling arrangement of the Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde for violin and piano.

Baritone Ed Flaspoehler performed four songs from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn, accompanied by Baya Kakouberi.

Soprano Ekaterina Stetsyuk from TCU performed an aria in English from Stravinsky's Rake's Progress.

Most of the works here are Dallas premieres.

Please come and enjoy
hors d'oeuvres, wine, birthday cake and musical entertainment

WSD Treasurer Greg McConneghy

Gary Levinson and Baya Kakouberi

Host Richard Barrett

Baya Kakouberi introduces
soprano Ekaterina Stetsyuk

Catering by Lucy Tamez Creech

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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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The International Association of Wagner Societies

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