WSC 2012 Spring Musicale

Once again, Bill and Marion Cooley opened their lovely Wyoming home to WSC for our second Spring Musicale, held yesterday. Soprano Kara Shay Thomson performed “Dich, teure Halle” from Tannhäuser and “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde. Bass-baritone Thomas Hammons performed “Bin ich nun frei?” from Das Rheingold and “Miei rampoli femminini” from Il barbiere di Siviglia. Pianist Kara Huber played Mikhail Pletnev’s “Nutcracker Transcription of Tchaikovsky” and Bill Cooley demonstrated his digital organ’s capabilities by entertaining us with his performance. Bravos and bravas abounded!

Bill Cooley Explaining His Digital Organ

Tom Hammons

Kara Shay Thomson

Kara Huber

Jim Slouffman Announcing

Carolann Slouffman Poetry Reading

WSC the newest member of the Richard-Wagner-Verband Internationale (RWVI)

The Wagner Society of Cincinnati (WSC) was approved for membership in the prestigeous Richard-Wagner-Verband Internationale (RWVI) on 3/4/2012.  Professor Eva Maertsen of the RWVI Board informed WSC president via a letter of the good news. The RWVI, headquartered in Bayreuth, Germany, has 133 member societies internationally with over 22,000 individual members. The Wagner Societies were originally formed in 1870s to raise funds for the construction of the Wagner Festspielhaus Theatre to properly produce the Ring Cycle and other mature Wagner Music Dramas.

The societies, with the guidance of the RWVI, currently raise funds for scholarships to further emerging Wagnerian singers and promote the understanding of the music of Richard Wagner through educational activities, symposia, and Wagnerian research and scholarship. The RWVI sponsors an International Conference on the works of Richard Wagner annually in various European cities that is attended by its member organizations.

The 2013 Conference will be held in Leipzg, Germany, the birth place of Richard Wagner. This conference will commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the composer’s birth, and many special activities and performances have been planned. Members of the WSC are planning to attend the conference and various activities in Leipzg in 2013, in honor of the great master, Richard Wagner.

Lohengrin Presentation

Jim Slouffman, President of the Wagner Society of Cincinnati, will be giving a talk on Lohengrin at 2:00pm this Sunday, February 20, at the German Heritage Museum located at 4764 West Fork Road, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Several Wagner Society of Cincinnati members are travelling to Chicago on March 5 for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Lohengrin, so this presentation will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the opera and hear a bit of the music.

Our First Wagner Musicale

Wagner Society of Cincinnati’s first Wagner Musicale, an “All Hallow’s Eve Musicale” held on Halloween, was a compete triumph! The 1800s parlor musicale was reborn at the home of Trudie and Kurt Seybold. The artists who performed were amazing, delighting the 40 guests in attendance with singing, piano solos, and poetry reading.

Many thanks to our performers—Metropolitan Opera Sopranos, Alma-Jean Smith and Blythe Walker; Bass, Samuel Smith; and Pianist, Albert Muehlboeck—who performed works by:

  • Wagner (who else?)
  • Liszt
  • Meyerbeer
  • R. Strauss
  • Gounod
  • Boito
  • And others, as well as a spoken word presentation suitable to the season presented by WSC President and Founder, Jim Slouffman

Long live music!







Das Rheingold: The Theft of Light Presentation

At our next meeting at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 26,WSC President Jim Slouffman will present Das Rheingold: The Theft of Light in preparation for the Met Live in HD performance on October 9th. The meeting  will be held at the German Heritage Museum, 4764 West Fork Road, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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