Posted March 29, 2011

WSNC E-Notes March, 2011 Addendum Redux

 Hi, folks,

 We can call this another March Addendum or an early April E-Notes, but I want to get this off early because I just learned that there are a couple of local showings of Wagner operas in Bay Area theaters beginning April 3rd.

 Emerging Pictures – Opera in CinemaShowings  (

 Emerging Pictures now has a couple of new venues more convenient to San Franciscans than San Jose:

The arty Balboa Theatre in SF and the sumptuous Art-Deco Grand Lake Theater* in Oakland.

 Das Rheingold (Teatro alla Scala)  Sun Apr 3, 9:00 am, Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland

The Magic Flute (Teatro alla Scala)  Week of Apr 15-21, Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St, San Francisco

La Traviata (Teatro alla Scala)  Sun Apr 17, 9:00 am, Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland

The Barber of Seville (Teatro Regio di Parma)  Apr 26, 2:00 pm, Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland

 *Parking around the Grand Lake is abysmal to impossible. Perhaps there are pay lots, but the public lots I remember when I lived there in the ’80s were small and packed. Maybe someone knows the area better than I do anymore and can weigh in. However, there is an AC Transit line from SF. Catch the NL line at the Transbay Terminal (it runs twice an hour on weekends) and it will deposit you across the street from the theater. If you’re taking BART, you can also catch the NL line at the 19th Street (downtown Oakland) BART. Go to for more info.

And for the Coast-Siders we have from the Pescadero Opera Society


Lohengrin (Bayreuth Opera, 1982)  Sat Apr 9, 12:00 noon potluck followed by DVD opera performance on giant movie screen at 2:00 pm. 10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Road (look for the American flag)

 Leitmotif and Memory in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung

Sat, April 16th at 1:00 pm.

 Thomas Grey, Professor of Musicology at Stanford University

Leitmotif and Memory in Götterdämmerung:   Siegfried and the potion –– In his talk, Professor Grey will be applying the ideas from new fields of music cognition and perception to both our understanding of Wagner’s leitmotifs as well as the way they can be said to function within the “consciousness” of characters in the operas.

Thomas Grey is a Professor of Musicology, and by courtesy, German Studies at Stanford University.

SF-JewishCommunity Centeron California St at Presidio.

Parking on-site $3.50 per hour  (max $15) or the $5 UCSF lot or street parking

From the East Bay:  BART to Embarcadero and transfer to the MUNI #1 California line


Symbolism: Call for Papers

 We’ve received a request for papers on symbolism from Professor Rosina Neginsky of the University of Illinois in Springfield. Goodness knows that the Ring is a fleshy topic for symbolic interpretation!

 Between 25-28 April, 2012 ALMSD (Art, Literature, Music in Symbolism and Decadence) will be hosting a second International conference, “Symbolism, Its Origins and Its Consequences” with the theme Light and Shade or Light and Obscurity in Symbolism, its origins and its consequences, which will take place at the beautiful Allerton Park, near the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus, in Monticello, Illinois. The organization would like to invite you to submit a proposal which will address the theme of the conference in art, literature and music. The proposal should be about 300 words and should be sent to before May 10, 2011. Please include a short version of your CV. If you have questions, please contact Rosina Neginsky at

 For further information, please refer to:

 Thanks for all the well wishers I’ve gotten. Surgery was delayed a week because 2 of my consultants were on holiday, but I’m scheduled for April 4th. Yikes!

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 Trish Benedict

Editor, WSNC E-Notes