OLLI News from Bradley University

November 15, 2016
Notable OLLI Dates

Nov. 16 & 30, 9am: Spring 2017 Curriculum Committee Meetings in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Attend a Special Performance by OLLI Members!

A Special Performance of Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology
Thursday, December 8
5:00 p.m.
United Presbyterian Church Santuary, 2400 W Northmoor Rd, Peoria

During the 2016 Fall Learning Session, the first OLLI Reader's Theater  Group was organized. Over six weeks, under the direction of Dr. Bettsey  Barhorst, nine study group participants rehearsed a stage adaptation of  Edgar Lee Masters' classic about the lives of residents in a fictional town  named after the real Spoon River area if Fulton County.

The Study Group Committee invites OLLI members to a special  performance of the play on Thursday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. at the  United Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 2400 W. Northmoor Road in  Peoria. Included will be music provided by Bob Drake and Lynn Furniss.

Following this thirty-minute presentation, the director and cast will be  available for discussion with the audience about the play and their learning  experience.

This event is free to OLLI members, but please RSVP regarding your attendance by calling the OLLI Office at 677-3900 by noon on Wednesday, December 7.

Have You Taken an Interesting Trip?

Do you have a travel experience you would like to share?  OLLI's popular "Look Where I Went" class offers you an opportunity to present a one hour session in April or October of 2017 as one of four different presenters for the class.
If you would like to share your photographs and what you learned about the people and places you visited on your particular path, we would love to make your perspective a part of the OLLI class.
If interested in presenting, please contact John Dust, member of the Curriculum Committee, at WaywardPilot@aol.com or 309-339-0227 for more detailed information.

Hilltop Happenings
Charley Steiner Symposium

Today, November 15, Bradley University will host the 2016 Charley Steiner Symposium.  This event is free and open to the public and will feature six moderated panel discussions throughout the day on topics in sports and sports communication.

To view the symposium schedule and panelists, please click here.

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Jazz Ensemble to Present Jazz Tribute Concert

2nd Annual Jazz Tribute Concert: Unforgettable
Friday, November 18,  8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 19, 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Hartmann Center, Bradley University campus (just south of the bookstore)
Cost: $25

This tribute concert features Bradley's Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Todd Kelly, with vocalist and Bradley alumna Stephanie Aaron, featuring such beloved songs as Cheek to Cheek, Unforgettable, Almost Like Being in Love, and many others.

Stephanie Aaron has been singing and acting for most of her life, from grade school through college at Bradley, where she received a bachelor's degree in Theatre Performance.  Her favorite roles have included Philia in  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Audrey in  Little Shop of Horrors, Viola in  Twelfth Night, and Sally Bowles in  Cabaret.  Stephanie began a career as a Peoria  radio personality, which lasted for several years and culminated in a stint co-hosting a popular Peoria morning show.  She performs in the Peoria Jazz scene with Larry Harms.  Moving to Chicago in 2004, she left radio and focused on becoming a working musician: studying jazz, and teaching. Among her favorite Chicago shows are long running residencies at the legendary Jilly's on Rush Street and at The Drake Hotel's Coq D'or. She currently performs with small groups as well as with the DePaul Alumni Big Band at the Jazz Showcase.    

Other special guests appearing on stage include Doug Frank, former President of Warner Bros Music Operations, Bradley vocalist Maggie Sloter, and pianist Molly Sloter.

Tickets are limited; call the Cultural Events Box Office at 309-677-2650 to reserve your ticket.

Election Impact... What Can We Expect?

Monday, November 21
5:00 p.m. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine
5:30 p.m. Program
Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Bradley University

Hear the thoughts of Wall Street Journal political reporter Reid Epstein and panel discussion with key healthcare business leaders.

Please RSVP by calling 309-677-2240 or at www.bradley.edu/alumni/election.
Verdi at the Cathedral

Verdi's Requiem 
Bradley Community Chorus, Bradley Chorale, and Bradley Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, November 20
4:00 p.m.
St. Mary's Cathedral, 607 NE Madison, Peoria
Cost: $10

Verdi wrote the Requiem in 1874 to commemorate the death of his hero, the Italian writer  Alessandro Manzoni. It is one of the most dramatic musical settings of the Requiem text  ever written, with powerfully effective use of voices and instruments.

Soloists will be Penelope Shumate, soprano, of the Western Illinois University Music
Department; Jill Phillips, mezzo-soprano, Luther College Music Department; Eric
Ashcraft, tenor, who has taught at Luther and Augustana Colleges; and John Hines, bass,
of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music. John Jost, professor of music and
director of choral activities at Bradley, will conduct.

General admission is $10, students $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 677-2650.

Beyond the Hilltop
Community Dialogue on Heroin and Opiate Addiction

Mike Kennedy, president and CEO of the Human Service Center in Peoria, will moderate community discussions about the increasing use and abuse of heroin and opiates in the Peoria area, with time allotted for brainstorming community strategies to address this issue.

To attend the following discussion, please contact Roberta Koscielski at 309-497-2186 or robertakoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us.

Thursday, November 17
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Lincoln Branch, Hot Air Balloon Room

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