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Mount Presents Spring Seminars in Partnership With Ring Festival LA

April 26, 2010 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University joins the LA Opera this June for Ring Festival LA with two seminars designed in concert with the upcoming presentation of composer Richard Wagner's four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.

The College will host the seminars as part of the festival, to be held April 15 through June 30. More than 115 cultural and educational institutions in Los Angeles are joining together to celebrate the new production of Wagner's Ring cycle. It is the first time that the epic masterwork will be presented in its entirety in Los Angeles.

During a two-day discussion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11 and 12, the College will host an event based on its graduate-level seminar in the humanities, "Myth and Imagery of the ‘Ring'." The seminar, taught by local scholars led by lecturer Michael Heim, is an immersive experience in the mythic "Ring," with a focus on the two "Ring" trilogies – one by Wagner and the other by J.R.R. Tolkien – as giant masterworks that synthesize all of the arts. Meetings will be on the downtown Doheny Campus.

The Mount also presents "Architectural Imagination in LA," a two-day seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 and 15. This seminar presents an on-site study of three treasures of Los Angeles architecture: the Getty Center by Richard Meier, the Schindler Kings Road House by Rudolf Schindler, and the Disney Concert Hall by Frank O. Gehry. Tours of the buildings are preceded by lectures highlighting the Wagnerian connections: classic Valhalla on the hill over Brentwood; the Romanticism of Schindler's patio-beach, close-to-nature style; and the Brothers Grimm fantasy of post-modern Disney Hall.

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