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Wagner and Bernstein: Parallels and Contrasts

March 21, 2015 - 8:00 am

Once asked how he could love Wagner, Leonard Bernstein replied, “I hate Wagner. On my knees!” Wagner and Bernstein shared extraordinary numbers of common characteristics. Both were flamboyant, controversial, and changed the face of music in their time and beyond. Both men were hugely successful as musicians and writers, with egos to match, and needed endless adoration from people. And both were geniuses in their own right. This presentation explores the parallels and contrasts in Wagner and Bernstein’s life paths and how, ultimately, their life works intersected.

The Wagner Society of Northern California is thrilled to welcome back speaker, author and lecturer Erica Miner. Former Metropolitan Opera violinist Erica Miner studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Joseph Silverstein at Boston University, New England Conservatory and Tanglewood Music Center, where she also worked with Leonard Bernstein. Now an award-winning author, screenwriter, lecturer and arts writer for musical websites such as usBachtrack.com, Broadway World, and Opera Pulse, Erica has presented lectures for numerous groups on the west coast, including the three Wagner Societies in California, and will present for the Boston Wagner Society in 2015. Her recent thriller novel MURDER IN THE PIT authentically reflects her experiences in the Met Orchestra. http://www.ericaminer.com

Members are free of charge, Guests welcome for a donation of $10


March 21, 2015
8:00 am

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