The View from the Rim

The View from the Rim: Tristan, the Grand Canyon, and the Beauty of the Abyss

Presented by
James Holman, Chairman of the Wagner Society of Washington DC

The quarter century from 1857 to 1883, from the composition of Tristan und Isolde to the composer’s death, marked a period of unprecedented and revolutionary change, change in the way we look at the world and the way we look at ourselves. The “discovery” of the Grand Canyon, and the beauty of looking “downward,” is an apt metaphor, both for Wagner’s masterpiece and for a civilization coming to terms with the modern world.

Please join us for another superb presentation by James Holman, Chairman of the Wagner Society of Washington DC and author/editor of several books on Wagner. The book Quo Vadis, Wagner: Approaching the Bicentennial will be distributed for free and signed by Chairman James K. Holman, who is the editor. The book includes essays by luminaries such as Leon Botstein, Jeffrey Buller, Maureen Dowd, Evelyn Lear, Saul Lilienstein, Barry Millington, John J. Pohanka, Alex Ross, Nicholas Vazsony, Simon Williams, and Francesca Zambello

Sunday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m.
The College Club
44 Commonwealth Ave.

Tickets: $15; Members $10

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Strauss Was from Venus, Wagner from Mars

Reflections on the Occasion of Strauss’s 150th Birthday

Sunday, June 1, at 3 p.m., The College Club, “Wagner and Strauss”

Talk, audiovisual presentation, piano, and book signing by James Holman, Chairman of the Wagner Society of Washington DC

Editor and annotator of Wagner Moments: A Celebration of Favorite Wagner Experiences (Amadeus Press, 2005); Quo Vadis, Wagner? Approaching the Bicentennial (2012)
Author of Wagner’s Ring: A Listener’s Companion and Concordance (Amadeus Press, 1997).
Copies of Quo Vadis, Wagner will be handed out free of charge.
A reception with Chairman Holman will follow. Desserts, tea, coffee, and cash bar.

Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Tickets: $25; members $20; students $10

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Space is limited, so order your tickets now!
Ticket sales will close on May 29. 


Concert with Baritone Marcelo Guzzo and Pianist Rainer Armbrust

Wagner, Verdi, Donizetti & Bellini: A Medley

Art Songs, Arias, and Piano Solos
With Marcelo Guzzo, baritone, and Rainer Armbrust, piano

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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There are no fees for online ticket ordering.

Marcelo Guzzo in the Bacchanal of Act 1 of Tannhäuser in Colombia

Baritone Marcelo Guzzo as Wolfram in the Bacchanal ofTannhäuser, the first Wagner opera to be performed in Colombia, conducted by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel


Baritone Marcelo Guzzo as Wolfram in Colombia's Tannhäuser, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel

Marcelo Guzzo as the minstrel Wolfram in Colombia’s Tannhäuser

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 About the Artists and Program
Tickets: $10, $25, $30
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