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Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Impact on Culture and Modern Music

By Ron Stauffer Looney Toons. Star Wars. Jaws. Apocalypse Now. Here Comes the Bride. Ride of the Valkyries. The Lord of the Rings. Indiana Jones. “A little bird told me.” What do these movies, TV shows, melodies and idioms all have in common? They were all heavily influenced by the German Romantic-era opera composer Richard […]

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Concert Review: Wagner’s Ring Cycle at San Francisco Opera 2018

By Ron Stauffer SAN FRANCISCO — Like many opera fans, I have spent years trying to attend as many live operatic performances as I can. This often requires traveling to different cities or states, either by plane or by taking a long road trip. So far, I’ve been able to see several operas by a […]

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Wagner’s Ring Cycle: The Greatest Story Ever Told

By Ron Stauffer SAN FRANCISCO — “The Ring [Cycle] is a gigantic work of art. It’s comparable to the complete works of Shakespeare, or the Sistine Chapel ceiling of Michelangelo, or any of the greatest monuments of art.” – Terence McEwen Thus begins a narrated recording of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which was provided by […]

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The Human Experience

Music At Every Stage of Life

Last night, I went to a company party for the Christmas Caroling group I’m a member of. Since the company’s season is during Christmas, the team gets together to celebrate at the beginning of February.

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About Me

My Earliest Radio Memory

Growing up, my exposure to music on the radio was minimal. I wasn’t allowed to play the radio on my own, but a lot of my young memories involve watching my dad clean the garage or change the oil in his car while KFBK NewsRadio 1530AM played in the background.