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Sunday Afternoon at the Movies-Nebraska PDF Print E-mail
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From the E&R Department

The E&R Department is pleased to present “Sunday Afternoon at the Movies.” They are shown in the auditorium of Clubhouse II at 2 p.m. on Sundays. The next screening is Sunday, Aug. 31 for Nebraska (2013, rated R for some language; 1 hr. 55 mins.; not closed captioned). Free tickets, limit two per person, are required; they can be obtained from the E&R office in either clubhouse beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Please bring your Leisure World ID card.

When a cantankerous old boozer thinks he’s won a magazine sweepstakes prize, his son reluctantly takes a road trip with him to claim the fortune. As they drive from Montana to Nebraska, they visit friends and relatives to whom the dad owes money.

The movies are for your enjoyment; there is no charge. Be sure to pick up your ticket(s) if you plan to attend. Please note that no one will be seated after 2 p.m.

Donations to help cover the expenses associated with the presentations are gratefully accepted. A basket will be available for your contribution.

 
Mid-Term Elections 2014 with Steven V. Roberts PDF Print E-mail
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The E&R Department is please to bring Steve Roberts—professor, columnist and best-selling author—back to Leisure World on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. A popular speaker here, Roberts’ topic is Mid-Term Elections 2014. He will analyze the issues and trends that are emerging during this campaign and make some forecasts about the outcome of the upcoming elections.

This is a free event, but tickets, two per household, are required. They will be available at both E&R office beginning at 8:30 am on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Roberts has been a journalist for more than 45 years, covering some of the major events of his time, from the antiwar movement and student revolts of the 60s and 70s to President Reagan’s historic trip to Moscow in 1988 and eleven presidential election campaigns. He and his wife, TV journalist Cokie Roberts, write a nationally syndicated newspaper column that was named one of the 10 most popular columns in America by “Media Matters.” In February of 2000, Steve and Cokie published “From This Day Forward,” an account of their marriage, as well as other marriages in American history. The “New York Times” called the book “inspiring and instructive” and it spent seven weeks on the Times best-seller list. Roberts also writes a bi-monthly column, “Hometown,” for “Bethesda Magazine” and, as a life-long baseball fan, he reviews sports books for the “Washington Post.”

As a broadcaster, Roberts appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network and is a substitute host on NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show.” As a teacher, he lectures widely on American politics and the role of the news media. Since 1997 he has been the Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, where he has taught for the last 20 years. His many honors include the Dirksen Award for covering Congress, the Wilbur Award for reporting on religion and politics, the Bender prize as one of GW’s top undergraduate teachers, and four honorary doctorates.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 11:03
 
Laropa Chamber Players PDF Print E-mail
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The Laropa Chamber Players are comprised of six instrumentalists—Bob Rosen (piano), Jackie Miller (flute/piccolo), Laura Langbein (clarinet), Robin Barr (oboe and English horn), Paul Chassy (bassoon) and Paul Balabanis  (French horn)—who are or have pursued other careers, but for whom music has been a very important aspect of their lives. Their program will include Mozart Piano Wind Quintet and the Thuille Piano Wind Sextet, as well as the first movement of the Lefebvre Wind Quintet.

They will perform on stage in Clubhouse II on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 7 PM. This is a free performance, but tickets are required (two per household) and can be picked up in either E&R office.

Mozart’s Quintet, K. 452, in Eb Major, was composed in 1784 and is his only work of this kind.  It also provided a model for his successors in the area of piano chamber music.  Although the piano is dominant in this work, for the first time Mozart lets each of the wind parts become an equal partner in its own right. Mozart wrote his father Leopold in 1784 saying, “I have written two great concertos and then a quintet, which received extraordinary applause; I myself consider it the best I have written in my life till now.”  The piece is in three movements, with the first Allegro moderato, preceded by a Largo.  The second is a beautiful Larghetto. The third movement is an Allegretto in Rondo form with a cadenza before the piece’s coda.

Ludwig Thuille’s Sextet in Bb Major, Opus 6, was composed in 1885-1887 and met with tremendous success. It is an impressive romantic melodious work with fine effects for this combination of instruments. The piece is one of few Thuille composed that is part of the woodwind-piano repertoire today. The first movement is Allegro moderato having at least three independent melodies interwoven throughout the movement.  The second movement is a Larghetto with a beautiful main theme interwoven throughout the movement.  The third movement is entitled “Gavotte”, Andante, quasi Allegretto, with each of the instruments playing some of the thematic material.  The fourth and last movement is “Vivace” with the two main themes repeated twice before leading to a long coda with a Presto finale.

While not much is known about French composer Charles Lefebvre, his Wind Quintet (op. 57, Suite for flute, oboe, b-flat clarinet, bassoon and horn) remains part of the chamber music repertoire. The first movement is a Canon.

For more details on the Laropa Chamber Player, see page 20 of the Aug. 5 issue of the Leisure World News.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 09:38
 


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