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3. Jun 2022
5. Jun 2022
West Virginia, USA
WS Washington DC - Wagner in der Wildnis
Dear Members and Friends:  
We at the Wagner Society are looking forward to the 20th running of our signature members-only program, "Wagner in der Wildnis," in-person from June 3-5 at Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.  Wildnis offers you the opportunity to explore the work of Richard Wagner in depth, guided by world-class experts in a lively, congenial atmosphere.  
This year, we will examine Tannhäuser and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.  These two operas share a central theme --  the relationship of the artist to society -- and both feature a dramatic song contest.  As in previous years, our presenters will be:

Pianist Jeffrey Swann, who will offer his prized lecture-demonstrations at the piano.  An internationally renowned concert pianist, he has given lectures at Bayreuth, the Smithsonian Institution's 2004 seminar onTristan und Isolde seminar, and the Norn Scene for The  2019 Ring production at the Metropolitan Opera.  You can hear his lecture on Lohengrin at WSWDC's 2021 "Wagner Virtual Weekend" here.   
Professor Simon Williams, Professor Emeritus after a thirty-year career at the University of California at Santa Barbara, who will present his insightful lectures on Wagner and drama.  His major publications include Wagner and the Romantic Hero, and Richard Wagner and Festival Theater.  You can hear his lecture on Lohengrin at WSWDC's 2021 "Wagner Virtual Weekend" here.
The program includes lecture and discussion sessions, informal conversations with lecturers and members, a DVD showing, and more -- in the renovated facilities at Cacapon, which has been extensively upgraded in recent years.  It now includes a fitness center and a spa!  

We require participants to be vaccinated and boosted and will follow the DC and West Virginia mask protocols that are in place when we meet. 

Registration closes soon; the deadline is March 25.  Please follow this link to register. Please note that Wildnis is open to current members only, so please join or renew your membership here if you have not already done so. If you enjoy our lectures, webinars, and concerts, you will enjoy Wildnis!

Best wishes,
Jim Holman
Chairman, Wagner Society of Washington DC