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Wagner Society of Dallas

Comini Lecture Series

WSD EVENTS 2010-2011

An Afternoon with Keith Cerny
NPOI Grace Notes Awards 2010-2011
Flute Music by Opera Composers
Alessandra Comini - Igniting Feminism
Wagner's Birthday Party

Wagner Society of Dallas
is pleased to recommend

Comini Lecture Series: Igniting Scholastic Feminism in the 1960s and Beyond

Dr. Alessandra Comini, SMU University
Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita
March 24, 2011
6 P.M.
McCord Auditorium - SMU Dallas Hall

As a young assistant professor of art history at Columbia University in the turbulent 1960s, when the university was brought to a standstill by student strikes, Alessandra Comini confronted the sexism of her own discipline. Rebelling, she dared, for example, to give equal time to Rosa Bonheur when teaching about Realism and Gustave Courbet. Along with Ann Sutherland Harris and Linda Nochlin, she was among the first scholars to apply revisionist principles to the canon of art history in teaching and publishing. When she and fellow feminist Eleanor Tufts arrived at SMU in 1974, quiet but jolting shock waves were felt around the university and beyond. Now two generations of their students are still making waves as they work to right the balance.

For more information: Please contact Joy Richardson at 214.768.2698 or


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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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