Tuesday, January 21
|9:30 - 10:30 a.m.|
"Coffee and Conversation," Social Committee, ***Cat Cavern*** NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE
Come for coffee, pastries and conversation before our opening Spring term session.
|10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
"Salem-Keizer Music Program," Frank Spragg [Dru Johnson, Kasia Quillinan], ***Cat Cavern*** NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE
Over time I came to know that the district program was unusually good, but until I became inspired to write this book, I had little understanding of how good it has become and is without question the most effective music program in the State of Oregon and has acquired, to to some degree, a national reputation. The book took over three and one half years to assemble and includes nearly 150 interviews with over 100 people, as well as attending countless concerts and rehearsals. I hope to explain how effective the program has become and why good music programs are so important for the development of our young students.
|1:30 – 3:30 p.m.|
"Comparative Religions Part Three: Folk Religions," Stan Vargas [Dru Johnson], ***Cat Cavern*** NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE
In this program, Dr. Vargas will finish the discussion of World Religions and continue on to discuss "Folk Religions" that are unique to a specific culture or region
Thursday, January 23
|10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.|
"The Biology and History of the Oldest Trees and Shrubs in the World," Bill Voelker [Dru Johnson], Kaneko Auditorium
Some very old trees and shrubs, 800 to maybe 80,000 years old and still growing, still survive in many places in the western U.S. and around the world. Their existence challenges some conventional ideas about just what constitutes life and the definitions of individuals and life spans. Mr. Voelker will discuss some of these trees and shrubs, how they got to be that old, what they tell us about the past and what may eventually limit their lives.
|1:30 - 3:30 p.m.|
"Sing Like a Movement," Peter Bergel [Anne Bowden], Kaneko Auditorium
Peter proposes to offer more political movement songs, but instead of the theme being historical, these songs will be chosen for their humorous content. As before, he will sing the songs, accompanying himself on guitar, and will ask his talented friend Mark Babson to join him on violin and vocals. Of course, the audience will be invited to join in, singing the words that will be projected on the screen.
Tuesday, January 28
|9:00 - 10:30 a.m.|
Board Meeting, Kaneko 121
ICL Board Meeting.
|10:30 - 11:30 a.m.|
"Video Presentation: Balakirev - Symphony No. 11 (1898)," Dr. Robert Greenburg [Solveig Holmquist], Kaneko Auditorium
Mikhail Glinka, who we discussed in an earlier lecture, is today considered the messiah of Russian concert music.But even messiahs need apostles to spread the word. Glinka's apostle -- the man whose words and actions made Glinka the messiah of Russian music, the man who wrote the Glinka gospels by codifying and expanding Glinka's work, the man who framed Russian music as being part of the geopolitics of the 19th century -- was a composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher named Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev, who lived from 1837-1910. The big history behind this lecture is the emergence of Russian concert music in the 19th century and the degree to which that emergence was a reflection of contemporary geopolitics.
|11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
"Two of Moguchaya Kuchka ('the Five')," Solveig Holmquist [Solveig Holmquist], Kaneko Auditorium
As Dr. Greenberg told us in this morning's lecture, during the 1860"s Balakirev gathered around, both of him a group of young amateur composers who became known as "The Five". One of these was Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, whose music will be the focus of study on April 16. During this hour we will have a look at the lives and work of two others of The (Amateur) Five , both of whom displayed what was to become known as the distinctive character of Russian music that Balakirev had exemplified. One was Alexander Borodin, a medical man and a professor of chemistry, and who founded a School of Medicine for Women. We will sample both his "In the Steppes of Central Asia" and the opera "Prince Igor. Another amateur musician in the group was a civil servant named Modest Mussorgsky. In his determined nationalism he was the most typical member of "The Five". We'll enjoy his "Pictures at an Exhibition".
|1:30 – 3:30 p.m.|
"Art and Periodization," Professor De Mambro Santos [Bob Muir], Kaneko Auditorium
"Periods" in the history of Western art. How are they defined and by whom?
Thursday, January 30
|10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
"Music Potpourri," Eunice Porter, Maureen Caudill, Ann Shaffer, Alice Sorensen, Steve Gram [Solveig Holmquist], Kaneko Auditorium
Eunice Porter (2004) Cowboy Music; Maureen Caudill (2007) The Singing Revolution; Ann Shaffer (2014) Cecile McLoren Salvant, Jazz Artist; Alice Sorensen (2011) Mary Gauthier: Singer, Songwriter, Poet; Steve Gram (2019) will perform on the cello.
|1:30 - 3:30 p.m.|
"Video Presentation: The Middle East - Regional Disorder," Great Decisions [Jeanette Flaming], Kaneko Auditorium
The complex history of the Middle East, borders drawn by others, religious and cultural differences, dysfunctional politics, environmental stresses, wars, invasions, non-state militants, dashed hopes following the "Arab Spring", in addition to other factors, all contribute to the confusion, instability and a tension in this volatile area. As the presidency of Donald Trump ends his third year, the Middle East remains a region in turmoil. The Trump administration has aligned itself with strongmen in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which along with Israel, have a common goal of frustrating Iranian expansion. What will be the fallout from policy reversals such as withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear accord, moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and declaring the Israeli settlements no longer illegal? Does the United States see a path forward in troubled states such as Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq? Is the United States headed toward war with Iran?