Past Events

Sun 2010-03-21 15:00 – 17:30 ET (3 to 5:30 pm.) At UNMC

“How to Write Your Own Wagner Opera” -- Details of Program

A musical Lecture with Colleen Fay

Free Admission


   Washington National Wagner Society 

“Bridging the multi-cultural, multi-ethnical, multi-generational communities through music”

Janice Rosen, President

Darryl Winston, Artistic Director



A Potpourri: Wagner, Gounod, Donizetti, and Delibes 

Beloved Arias, Ensemble and Orchestral Works from:

Lohengrin      Tannhauser       Die Meistersinger

Lucia di Lammermoor     Copellia      Faust




Tatiyana Abiyakiy    Joyce Lundy    Susan Sevier Antonio Giuliano

G. Stephen Stokes    Jose Sacin     Matt Osifchin



Darryl Winston


The Wagner Symphonette



Andrew Kraus, Piano        William Barker-Barzel, Synthesizer

Amthony Marini, Violin


Washington National Wagner Society 

“Bridging the multi-cultural, multi-ethnical, multi-generational communities through music”

Janice Rosen, President

Darryl Winston, Artistic Director

Under the Auspices of the UNMC Artists’ Series


Wagner: Friends, Contemporaries and Beyond 


Tatiyana Abiyakiy, coloratura soprano

Dianne Barton, soprano

Joyce Lundy, soprano

Paul McIlvaine, heldentenor

Michael Nansel, baritone


The Maytime Symphonette


Jonathan Hellerman        Michael Arrington       Larry Crosley 


Conducted by

Darryl Winston


Performing Works by

Wagner     Tchaikovsky     Meyerbeer     Massenet     Verdi     Rossini     Strauss, Jr



Dinorah     The Barber of Seville     Aida     Tannhauser     Die Fledermaus

Serenade for Strings     Thais     Herodiade     Rienzi      La Forza del Destino


Sunday, March 15, 2009 at  3 pm 

Universalist National Memorial Church

1810 16th Street, N.W

Suggested Donation $15.00      
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The UNMC Artists’ Series

Darryl Winston, Manager



George Gershwin’s

Rhapsody in Blue


Celebrated Israeli Concert Pianist

Rami Bar-Niv

Performing Works of Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Gershwin, and Bar-Niv


Sunday, March 1, 2009


3 PM


Universalist National Memorial Church

1810 – 16th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009


Suggested Donation: $15.


RAMI BAR-NIV is one of Israel's most acclaimed and sought after pianists. He travels extensively and has become an international citizen, concertizing all over the world.

Born in Tel-Aviv, he graduated with honors from the Rubin Academy of Music, and was the recipient of many prizes and scholarships. He won the America-Israel Cultural the "Best Performer Award" from the Israeli government. Foundation Competition and was awarded a scholarship to further his studies in the United States. After graduating from Mannes College of Music in New York, where he studied with the renowned Mme. Nadia Reisenberg, he won numerous competitions and embarked on a highly successful concert career. He performs regularly in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and of course Israel, where he received

He appears on TV and radio, in chamber ensembles, solo recitals, and as soloist with orchestras, he is always received with great enthusiasm.

Often sent abroad by the Foreign Ministry to represent Israel in concerts, he has become an ambassador of goodwill for Israel. Rami Bar-Niv made history by being the first, and so far the only, Israeli artist to perform in Egypt following the Begin/Sadat Peace Treaty.

Rami’s recordings for CBS and other labels in Israel and abroad have met with praise and popularity.

His recordings have also been very successful on the Internet and he has often been at the top of the charts ( & others). His compositions are published, recorded and performed all over the world. Rami Bar-Niv offers music of great variety and contrast in style, and is an extremely versatile performer.


For more information, contact: 

Janice Rosen



Sunday, December 21, 2008 

Please join us for an entertaining afternoon with Paul Heise as he leads us in a journey of discovery in the joys of Wagner research.  

Paul Heise

Wagner Researcher and Author of “The Wound That Will Never Heal”
Join us as Paul talks about the completion of his 38-year research project  and compendium of Wagner's works:

Sunday, December 21, 2008

3 to 5 PM

Universalist National Memorial Church
1810 - 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009


       Paul Heise has spent the past 38 years researching and documenting allegories and motifs in the Ring Cycle and has created a compendium outlining every bit of research done on the Ring, as well as every motif and idea that Wagner intended.  The title “The Wound That Will Never Heal” is an allusion to Amfortas, the King in Wagner's opera Parsifal, who's wound is never healed, regardless of how much balm is applied to his wound.  Only Parsifal - the “pure fool” - is able to heal Amfortas.

        Paul discovered Wagner's Ring in the summer of 1971, just after graduating from St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, Maryland.  He holds a B.A.  in Anthropology from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. 

He also studied anthropology at the graduate school level at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He withdrew from graduate school in 1976 in order to devote his time completely to the study of Wagner.
       Mr. Paul Heise has lectured to Wagner Societies in Boston (twice), Dallas (once), Florida (where he sits on the board of directors - innumerable times), and Washington, DC (twice - the Wagner Society of Washington, DC in 2000 and the Washington National Wagner Society in 2005. He is also on the board of directors of the Washington National Wagner Society), and also presented two lectures to the Germanic Studies, Music, and Philosophy Depts. at the Univ. of Texas in Austin: my hosts Dr. T.K. Seung (endowed chair in philosophy) and Dr. John Weinstock (Germanic Studies). Published article: "How Elsa Showed Wagner the Way to Siegfried" in the scholarly journal of THE WAGNER SOCIEITY (Britain), in 5/95. Also published article in the periodical of the Wagner Society of Helsinki, Finnland "The 'Ring' as a Whole".


Washington National Wagner Society 

“Bridging the multi-cultural, multi-ethnical, multi-generational communities through music”

Janice Rosen, President
Darryl Winston, Artistic Director

A Lauritz Melchior Tribute


Join noted singer, teacher, author, and famed Melchior biographer  

Shirlee Emmons

Author of  “Tristanissimo”

Featuring Lecture, Concert, and Reception/Book-signing
(Be sure to bring your old copies of “Tristanissimo” copies are available on


Paula Goodman Wilder
Cynthia Ballentine
Paul McIlvaine
Performing arias from
 Parsifal     Tristan and Isolde    Otello   
  The Flying Dutchman   

Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 7 pm


Universalist National Memorial Church

1810 16th Street, N.W

Admission $20.00                

Evenings in Bayreuth

Saturday, May, 31 and Saturday, June, 7 at 7:30 p.m.

  Regina McConnell   Paul McIlvaine   Marje Palmieri

Dianne Barton    Joyce Lundy    Sarah Wells    

Susan Sevier     Elaine Dalbo    Cynthia Ballentine   

  Matthew Osifchin   Richard Gabriel   David Simons 

Lora Sullivan   Linda Kiemel   Cora Alter 

Donna Kepler      Lynn Symmons      Joseph Baker    Stephanie Aquilino    

Darnel Brandon    Vincent Aquilino    Tre’Von Bray  

Andrew Kraus, Pianist

and introducing

             Farrar Strum, tenor               



The Wagner Symphonette and Vocal Ensemble

Conducted by

Darryl Winston

Calvary Baptist Church

755 8th Street N.W.  (8th and H Streets, NW)

One Block from Chinatown and Gallery Place Metro Stations

Admission   $25


Sunday, April 27  2pm-4pm

Wagner: On the Road to Tristan

A Musical Lecture with Dr. Stephen Brown


2008 Mar 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, Apr 2nd, 5th, 7th,and 10th

Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)

Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts,

Washington, DC

For more information, check the web site:


2007 Events

Sunday, October 21, 2007 -- 2:30 - 4:30 PM

The Washington Wagneropedia Society (


Presents "Bayreuth: Past, Present, and Future" with Dr. Sven Friedrich, Director National Richard Wagner Archive and Richard Wagner Museum, Bayreuth

 Room A-10 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

901 G Street, NW

Washington, DC


2006 Events

Celebrate Wagner's 193rd Birth Anniversary (May 22) Book Chat and Wagner Birthday Party!

Sunday, May 21, 2006, 2:00 to 6:00 pm

Discussion of Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht "Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner's Ring" (Oxford U Press, 2004).

See this link to learn more about the book. Socializing and celebrating Wagner's birthday with some good (including some rare) recordings followed the discussion.


2005 Events

Parsifal Leitmotives Monday, February 13, 7:00 pm,

at the MLK Library,

901 G Street, NW, Room 221.


We discussed Parsifal Leitmotives, based on a DVD by Jay Galbraith of Los Angeles. Mr. Galbraith is founder of Opera Obscura in Los Angeles, providing free opera education to the Los Angeles public for more than 15 years.


Paul Heise, first presenter The first two Wagner book chats:

October 19, 2005, Wednesday, 6:45 to 8:45 pm. Joachim Köhler; Richard Wagner, The Last Of The Titans. New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 2004.


November 16, 2005,Wednesday, 6:45 to 8:45 pm.

Bryan Magee; The Tristan Chord: Wagner And Philosophy (1st American ed.). New York NY: Metropolitan Books, 2001.