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Dich Theure Halle

Please enjoy this third and final WSC Virtual Wagner Concert – “Dich Theure Halle”  from Tannhäuser

Dich Theure Halle sung by Amy Yekel for Wagner Society of Cincinnati- Aug. 2020
Amy Yekel Liebestod 2020 Amy Yekel – Du Bist Der Lenz – August 2020 – For the Wagner Society of Cincinnatti

Wagner Society Celebrates 10th Anniversary

As the Wagner Society of Cincinnati celebrates its 10th Anniversary we take a look at the past with a great sense of pride and accomplishment for what the years brought forth. While looking back at where we have been we now focus on what opportunities the future will bring. 

Successful events and activities include the following: a stable WSC membership, several musicales featuring Wagner’s music sung by our own WSC Studio Singers , Several musical analyses of individual Music Dramas including Lohengrin, Parsifal and Flying Dutchman, two one act productions of Wagner Music Dramas including Walküre Act I and Siegfried Act I with Queen City Opera, several events in partnership with Music for All Seasons and Cincinnati Song Initiative and visits to Wagner productions at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Indiana University and Dayton Opera.

Members have also participated in Symposiums, lectures, video productions of Wagner’s works and recommended resources presented on our WSC Facebook Page. All in all we have enjoyed a productive and informative past and look forward to an even more exciting future yet to come.

Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiastic interest in a future full of possibilities.

“Imagination creates the future”, Richard Wagner

Wagner Society of Cincinnati Partners with Queen City Opera on Die Walküre

The WSC is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with QCO on their production of Die Walküre, Act 1 in October of 2019. Come join us for this outstanding new production of the greatest single act in all of Opera!

Die Walküre Facebook Invitation https://www.facebook.com/events/608737509616652/?event_time_id=608737512949985%3Fti

Dr. Paul Barte Joins Wagner Society Board of Directors

The Wagner Society of Cincinnati welcomes its newest Board Member, Dr. Paul Barte, as our new Music Authority. Paul recently returned from Europe where he spent several weeks attending opera in both Munich and Bayreuth, Germany for the annual Wagner Festival.

Dr. Barte has been a member of the music faculty at the Ohio University School of Music since 1997, where he teaches organ and harpsichord, organ literature and pedagogy and music history classes. Barte was the 2005 recipient of the Ohio University School of Music’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he also serves as University Organist.

He is a Minnesota native and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, where he was an organ student of Heinrich Fleischer and Dean Billmeyer. Studying with George Ritchie, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987.

He began doctoral studies in organ performance at the Eastman School of Music as a student of Russell Saunders in 1987. He graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman in 1995, having completed a dissertation on the keyboard manuscripts of Johann Christoph Bach (1673-1727) of Gehren, a second cousin of J. S. Bach.

From 1990-97, Barte was on the music faculty of Idaho State University in Pocatello.

He has performed extensively in the United States and abroad. Recent performances include recitals on the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle organ. Barte has also presented recitals and workshops at Regional and National conventions of The American Guild of Organists (AGO) and the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA).

Dr. Barte has diverse experience as a church musician, having served Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist, UCC, Latter-day Saint, and Unitarian congregations in   Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Idaho and Ohio.

Barte served for six years on the AGO National Council, serving as the Regional Councillor for Region V. In this capacity he worked with the Guild’s chapters in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan.  In 2000, 2003 and 2007, he served as director for AGO-sponsored Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) held at Ohio University.  POEs provide junior high and high school students an opportunity for intensive exposure to the organ in a summer-camp environment.

In 2000 he coordinated Ohio University’s “Bachfest 2000,” which featured presentations by eminent Bach scholars Christoph Wolff and George Stauffer.

In 2016, Dr. Barte created a course at Ohio University on Wagner and The Ring, which culminated in taking the class to Washington DC to see the Washington National Opera’s production of the cycle. Who wouldn’t have loved to be in that classroom!

In his spare time, Paul is an avid runner, having completed numerous marathons and four
ultra-marathons–the JFK 50-miler in 2012 and 2017 and the Thunderbunny 50K in 2016
and 2017. Since starting running in 2010, he has run more than the Earth’s circumference!

We look forward to the contributions Dr. Barte will make in his new role with the Wagner Society of Cincinnati and to welcoming him as a colleague and fellow friend of the Master.

WSC Mourns the Loss of Charles Parsons

July 20, 2018

The passing of Charles H. Parsons, the Wagner Society of Cincinnati’s Opera Authority, leaves behind a legacy of devotion to the arts. He studied music, literature, and fine arts at the University of Cincinnati. In the Spring of 1995 he was awarded an honorary Ph.D in Musicology from the Mellen University, Lampeter, Wales. While daily pursuing the duties of Librarian at the College of Law in Cincinnati, he still found time to produce The Mellen Opera Reference Index-a series of 24 volumes on many aspects of Opera-as well as writing for ARG, Opera News, Opera (London), and The Cincinnati Review of Politics and the Arts. For more than 20 years he lectured at Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and College of Continuing Education at the University. He loved travel, a remnant from his times living in London and Rome. He was also interested in languages, archaeology and art history, and was active in the Episcopal Church.

His vast expertise in opera and in particular the esoteric works of Richard Wagner will be greatly missed in our little community of Wagnerians. His wit was unbounded and his passion for the arts unrelenting. We love and will greatly miss our dear Charles.

~ James Slouffman

To read a Retrospective on the life and contributions Charles Parsons made to the Cincinatti Opera World, click here.

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