Revolutions Great and
Small in the Life and Art of Käthe Kollwitz
Käthe Kollwitz, steadfast chronicler
of the human condition, was witness to three important epochs of German history:
the birth and collapse in 1918 of the Wilhelminian Reich, the disintegration of
the Weimar Republic in 1933, and the rise and fall of the Third Reich. She lost
a son in World War I and a grandson in World War II.
Slowly changing from
"revolutionary" to "evolutionary" (her words), Kollwitz used her art to deliver
hammer blows against the hardening of the heart.
Dr. Alessandra Comini University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita
Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX 75275
Limited Seating. Call the Meadows ticket office at
214.768.2787 to reserve seats.
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.
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 Cominilectures on The
Changing Image of Beethoven, including Beethoven's influences on Wagner.
SMU Meadow's Museum. 5:30 p.m. Reception by WSD.
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.
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
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
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