OLLI E-News #44-12 of November 16, 2012
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About OLLI E-News
> PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR OLLI MEMBERS. From the executive director. By Thom Clement
> OLLI-MASON GOES TO NATIONAL OLLI CONFERENCE. Colorado Springs event attended by some 240 leaders.
> PROGRAM CORNER. Meet our new program planners. By Kathryn Russell

> DID YOU KNOW THIS? Karen Nash – The money lady. By Sandy Rittenhouse
> COMPUTER CLUB. Sat, Nov 17 – How printers work; an iPhone alternative. By Paul Howard
> PHOTO OF THE MONTH. Selected by the OLLI Photography Club.
> POET'S CORNER. Courtesy of the OLLI Poetry Workshop.
> MASON-FAIRFAX ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Jan Bohall

> MASON HIGHLIGHTS. Other Mason events. By Helen Ackerman

> HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Sheri Siesseger
> COMING ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class events at OLLI.

From the executive director
By Thom Clement, Executive Director
AS OLLI MEMBERS CHOOSE from an exciting array of courses and activities offered during the upcoming winter 2013 term, I want to remind those of you whose memberships are up for renewal that you have two payment options: 1) Pay the annual membership fee in full by check or credit/debit card; or 2) Apply for the monthly installment plan.
     This choice is a matter of personal preference, but many OLLI members may not realize we have the monthly-payment option that allows you to spread your annual membership fee into 12 equal payments. The $360 membership fee, which includes unlimited access to courses and activities as space is available, is the same for both options. Once your application for the installment plan is accepted, your credit/debit card will be billed for $30 automatically every month – you don't have to remember anything.
     If you'd like to take advantage of this option to spread out your payments, you can download and print the Monthly Installment Plan Application and Agreement (pdf) by clicking here or by visiting DocStore (Forms & other docs) on the OLLI website.
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Colorado Springs event attended by some 240 leaders

Top photo: some of the conference attendees. Middle left photo: Thom and John with Bernard Osher (center), founder of The Osher Foundation; Middle right photo: John with Mary Bitterman, president of The Osher Foundation. Lower left photo: Thom and John with Kali Lightfoot, executive director of the National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes.
OLLI PRESIDENT JOHN WOODS and Executive Director Thom Clement joined 240 leaders from other OLLIs around the nation for the 2012 National OLLI Conference this week. The event was held at the beautiful Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
     John attended workshop sessions entitled "Bring in the Big Bucks!," "Challenges and Celebrations of a Growing Institute" and "7000 a Day! Catch the Boomer Wave."
     Thom attended workshop sessions entitled "Who, What and How of Partnerships" and "OLLI 2020: Are You Ready?" He co-presented a workshop entitled "Curriculum: What Works, How and Why?"
     Perhaps the most important part of conferences like this is the opportunity to network with OLLI colleagues. OLLI-Mason is highly regarded across the OLLI network for its outstanding program and its history of strong relations with the community and with George Mason University.
-- By Thom Clement, Executive Director

Meet our new program planners
By Kathryn Russell, Program Committee Chair

Left, Kathleen McNamara; right, Barbara Wilan.
THE OLLI PROGRAM COMMITTEE IS DELIGHTED to welcome two new co-chairs who will lead the Loudoun Program Resource Group – Kathleen McNamara and Barbara Wilan. Our OLLI resource groups are made up of volunteers who work to develop courses and special events. These groups meet periodically to choose ideas for courses, find resources and instructors, and coordinate classes.
     Kathleen McNamara says she has enjoyed every minute of her five years as an OLLI member and looks forward to giving back to the organization. Originally from Long Island, New York, Kathleen is a retired registered nurse who specialized in critical care. When she's not working at several volunteer jobs, she loves traveling and being with family, especially her five "wonderful" grandchildren.
     Barbara Wilan has been an OLLI member for three years and facilitates the "Great Decisions" course. She is "semi-retired" from her teaching position at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), where she has taught a variety of English courses. She is currently an adjunct at the NOVA Loudoun campus. Barbara received her master's degree from the University of Maryland and has taught English at its College Park campus and its University College European program.
     We are very grateful for the leadership of this dynamic duo that will be helping to shape our future program. They invite everyone to join them at meetings of the Loudoun Program Resource Group to brainstorm ideas and help plan future courses. Because this group focuses on all subject areas, everyone will surely find a topic of personal interest. The next meeting will be this afternoon – Friday, November 16, from 1:00 to 3:00 – in the Loudoun conference room.
     Any time you have a Loudoun course idea to share, please contact one of our new resource group co-chairs: Kathleen McNamara or Barbara Wilan.
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Karen Nash – The money lady

Finance Associate Karen Nash
Photo by Sarah Nash

By Sandy Rittenhouse, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
THIS IS ANOTHER ARTICLE in a series that we hope will give OLLI members an appreciation for the OLLI organization and its key people.
     Karen Nash saw an advertisement for a part-time financial job at OLLI and thought it would be perfect while she was raising her son and daughter. She joined the OLLI staff as the finance associate at the beginning of 2006; for almost seven years now, she has tracked and reported on our Institute's expenses and income. Karen works Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays keeping detailed computerized records on donations, course fees and dues for OLLI. She consolidates those details into financial reports for Executive Director Thom Clement to present to the OLLI Board each month. Her reports include year-to-date budget and cash reports for the Institute and the Friends of OLLI Fund. Karen also pays the bills for OLLI – everything from the staff payroll to buses for transporting OLLI members on special-event trips.
     According to Thom, "Karen is the staff member with the longest 'institutional memory,' and other staff members regularly consider Karen the 'go-to' source for historical context about operational matters. She is extremely conscientious about her work and pays close attention to financial details. Although the membership of OLLI has grown considerably in recent years, Karen has maintained high standards for accounting and reporting. She is a vital member of our OLLI staff team and enjoys contributing to every aspect of our wonderful Institute."
     Karen was born in Michigan and moved frequently before settling here in Northern Virginia in 1976. She graduated from George Mason University as an accounting major, which makes her very well-qualified to do what she does for OLLI. Before joining the OLLI staff, Karen worked for an electrical supply company for eight years as the accounting manager. Now that her children are grown, she works as the controller of a small computer company on her "days off" from OLLI.
     Karen likes to read for relaxation (especially books by American writer Kate Wilhelm) and do cross-stitching and knitting in her spare time. She has a son, Danny, and a daughter, Sarah. Her favorite thing about working at OLLI is the people – her fellow staff members and the OLLI members.
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Sat, Nov 17 – How printers work; an iPhone alternative
By Paul Howard, Computer Club Coordinator

Left, iPhone; right, Galaxy S III
THE COMPUTER CLUB (OLLI Personal Computer User Group, or OPCUG) will meet with its partner, the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS), on Saturday, November 17 at Tallwood. Join us at 12:30 for soft drinks and socializing in the social room. Presentations will begin at 1:00. This month's offerings will include the following.
      How Printers Work – Hints and Tips. The inside scoop on how printers really work and how you can maintain control. Webinar presentation by Jere Minich. Topics include:
> How do printers really work?
> What can I do to save money on ink?
> What is the most efficient Modus Operandi for my printer?
> What are the trusted sites for ink?
     "Learn 30" session – The Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone. Demonstration and discussion by Gloria Loew of this very popular alternative to the Apple iPhone.
     See full details on this meeting by clicking here. For information on the Computer Club, see the OPCUG website.
     Special notes: (1) Door Prize Extravaganza – more selections, more draws – you can be a winner! (2) OPCUG dues collections for 2013 will begin with this meeting ($5 per calendar year).
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Selected by the OLLI Photography Club

"Rose River Waterfall" by Rita Leake
THIS MONTH'S PHOTO of the month theme was "Things in Motion." Rita Leake's photo above was selected. It may be viewed in various sizes at this page. To view other photos by members of the OLLI Photography Club, visit the Club's website.
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Courtesy of the OLLI Poetry Workshop


A notion, he said, designed to enchant.
Chairman Mao, caught in a portrait hung
on the wall, susceptive, steps out to dance
as Madame Mao, lightly clad, hangs lanterns
all round the room. They glide, a romance.

The Nixons forgotten, the music swells.
The fox trot slides to Rachmaninoff swoops,
inevitably slows, the record does too.
Soft thumps from a drum, a faltering needle
catches and skitters, percussionist's skill.
Mao back in his picture. Phonograph still.

Centuries hence, they'll know Mao Tse-tung –
will they know what the sound of the drum comes from?

*Based on a scene from "The Chairman Dances" in the opera Nixon in China by John Adams

Betty Smith
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Performances, Nov 16–Dec 2
 By Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2468 or buy online (phone and online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) or visit the Center for the Arts Box Office, Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00. More info on tickets is at the CFA tickets page.

Mason Dance Company
Fall Concert
Fri, Nov 16, 2:00 and 8:00
Sat, Nov 17, 8:00
     Students from the Mason School of Dance will perform contemporary dances with choreography.
Admission: $10 seniors and groups, $15 other adults
Harris Theatre
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods, conductor
Benjamin Bellman, violin
Sat, Nov 17, 8:00
     The Orchestra will present an all-Beethoven program, to include his Overture to Coriolan, his Symphony No. 2 and his Violin Concerto.
Admission: $55, $45, $25
Students age 6-18 $5 with an adult, available 6:00-7:30 night of concert
Concert Hall
     Come at 7:00 for a free pre-performance lecture by Kenneth Woods on Grand Tier III.
Keyboard Conversations®
with Jeffrey Siegel
Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune and Beyond
Sun, Nov 18, 7:00
     Mr. Siegel celebrates this renowned French composer's 150th birthday with sparkling wit and thoughtful commentary. His program will include the colorful Fireworks, the tender Girl with the Flaxen Hair, the humorous Homage to Samuel Pickwick and the sensuous Isle of Joy.
Admission: $38, $30, $19
Family friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half price with an adult
Concert Hall
Mason Vocal Jazz Concert
Sun, Nov 18, 7:00
     This ensemble, directed by Dr. Stan Engebretson, is composed of the groups Soundcheque, Timesquare Singers and GM Unit. They sing traditional jazz standards in both a cappella and combo versions, and often perform at OLLI.
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
Harris Theatre
Jazz Informance 2012
Fri, Nov 23, 8:00
     Stephen Richard, a jazz saxophonist known for his clean, soulful style, will perform with his Houston-based band. His opening act will be Evan Garr, Detroit's premier jazz violinist.
Admission: $50, $40
Concert Hall
A Chanticleer Christmas
Sat, Nov 24, 8:00
     This Grammy-winning ensemble of 12 male voices in a cappella makes its annual appearance at Mason, performing ancient hymns, sacred works, traditional carols and holiday favorites. The group is noted for its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance music to jazz, Gregorian chants to spirituals. Click here for details and a video.
Admission: $48, $40, $24
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for a free artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
Mason Jazz Combos Concert
Tue, Nov 27, 8:00
     Prof. Wade Beach of the School of Music faculty will direct the student instrumental jazz ensembles in an improvisational program.
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
de Laski Bldg, Room 3001
Mason Flute Choir Recital
Thu, Nov 29, 8:00
     The student group will be directed by Prof. Jennifer Lapple, daughter of the late Judith Lapple of the School of Music faculty.
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
de Laski Bldg, Room 3001
Virginia Opera
Die Fledermaus
Fri, Nov 30, 8:00
Sun, Dec 2, 2:00
     In this provocative tale of indulgent 19th century Vienna, Johann Strauss II weaves a story of Gabriel von Eisenstein facing prison as his wife Rosalinde is pursued by a former admirer. Dr. Falke invites all to a magnificent party hoping to gain revenge on Eisenstein for a prank. Rosalinde has an opportunity to catch her husband as he womanizes, all with a background of memorable waltzes and sophisticated humor. The opera will be sung in English with English supertitles. Click here for much more info on the Virginia Opera website.
Admission: Fri  $86, $72, $44
                   Sun  $98, $80, $48
Concert Hall
Come 45 minutes before each performance for a free artistic discussion
on Grand Tier III.
Mason Opera
Amahl and the Night Visitors
by Gian Carlo Menotti
Fri, Nov 30, 8:00
Sat, Dec 1, 2:00 and 8:00
     Set near Bethlehem in the 1st century, this one-act opera features Amahl, a boy of about 12 with a permanent injury, known to tell tall tales. He reports to his mother that an amazing star "as big as a window" has appeared over their house. A knock at the door reveals the Magi, and Amahl’s adventure begins. Mason opera students perform under the direction of Patricia Miller, director of vocal studies.
Admission: $15 seniors, students; $20 other adults
Harris Theatre
Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn
Sat, Dec 1, 8:00
     This ensemble, known for its traditional Irish music, brings a spirited Celtic Christmas celebration. The program of Irish songs from many centuries will demonstrate its mastery of traditional Celtic instruments as well as vocal music. Click here for details and a video.
Admission: $46, $38, $23
Family friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half price with an adult
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for a free artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
Mason Guitar Ensemble Concert
Sun, Dec 2, 7:00
     Prof. Larry Snitzler will direct his guitar students in a program of chamber music.
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
de Laski Bldg, Room 3001

Other Mason events, next three weeks
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
>Astronomy Observing Session: Check out the winter skies at this informal night sky observing session. Note: The observing session will be canceled if the sky is more than half overcast one hour before the session is scheduled to begin, or if it is too windy (>30 mph) to open the observatory dome. Tue, Nov 27, 6:00 to 8:00. Research Hall, Observatory. Free.
>Debate: Mason Economics Professor Christopher Coyne and Public and International Affairs Professor Mark Katz will debate the topic of "Foreign Policy: Idealism, Costs, and National Purpose." Tue, Nov 27, 7:30. Mason Hall, Meese Conference Room, D023. Free. More info.
>Physics and Astronomy Colloquia: Robert Ehrlich presents "The Tachyonic Neutrino Hypothesis" (read abstract). Thu, Nov 29 at 3:00. Research Hall, Room 163. Free.
Vision Series Lecture: Assoc. Prof. of Nutrition and Food Studies Gabriella Petrick talks about "How Iceberg Lettuce Helped Transform the American Diet." Mon, Dec 3, 7:00. Concert Hall, Center for the Arts. Free. For more information, click here.
Johnson and Strachan Distinguished Speaker Series: Features Michael J. Saylor, who has served as chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors since founding MicroStrategy in November 1989. Tue, Dec 4, 5:30 to 7:45. More info. Free, but registration required.

Manassas performances, Nov 16–Dec 2
By Sheri Siesseger, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2468 or click "Buy Tickets" at the event listing in the calendar (phone and online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) – or visit the box office in the lobby of the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason's Prince William campus in Manassas, Wed-Sat, noon to 6:00 (or visit the box office in the lobby of the Center for the Arts on Mason's Fairfax campus, Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00). More info on tickets is at the ticket purchase page.

Sumi-e Society
Continuing through Sun, Dec 2
     This exhibit presents a collection of Asian brush painting by local artists. Known as Sumi-e in Japan, this art form originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. A goal of the Sumi-e Society is to promote interest in this art form.
Admission: Free
Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery
Creative and Performing Arts Center
Dancing in the Wings

Sat, Nov 17, 2:00 and 7:00
Sun, Nov 18, 3:00
     CAPAC presents actress & choreographer Debbie Allen's story of would-be ballerina Sassy. Sassy fears that her large feet, extra long legs and big mouth will prevent her from becoming a star. The show, originally commissioned by the Kennedy Center, features music and lyrics by Andrew "Tex" Allen, James Ingram and Debbie Allen.
Admission: $15 in advance, $17 at the door; $10 in advance/$12 at the door for seniors and students
Gregory Family Theater
Aquila Theatre
Cyrano de Bergerac
Sat, Nov 17, 8:00
     The award-winning company presents Edmond Rostand's classic 19th century romantic French play about the illustrious swordsman and poet with the large nose. A pre-performance discussion by a member of the company begins at 7:00.
Admission: $24, $32, $40
Merchant Hall
Youth Orchestras of Prince William
Symphonic Shakespeare
Sun, Nov 18, 4:00
     The program consists of performances by YOPW's two top orchestras. Featured works include Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy. Ravel's Tzigane will feature Gabriel Lefkowitz, soloist and concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony. For more about YOPW, click here.
Admission: $15, students and seniors $12
Merchant Hall
Encore Theatrical Arts Project, Inc.
All I Want for Christmas
Fri, Nov 23, 7:00
Sat, Nov 24, 1:00 and 5:00
     This holiday tale, told in song and dance, revolves around a letter sent to the North Pole that is infected with a highly contagious flu virus. Chaos and uncertainty ensue.
Admission: $17, 22, $26, $30
Merchant Hall
A Chanticleer Christmas
Sun, Nov 25, 4:00
     The Grammy Award-winning group makes its second holiday appearance at Hylton Center. The a cappella ensemble will present a program of traditional European carols, Gregorian chants, sacred works, American folk hymns and contemporary music. Click here for a video preview.
     A pre-performance discussion by Jace Wittig, Chanticleer's interim music director, begins at 3:00.
Admission:  $32, $40, $48
Merchant Hall
George Mason University's School of Music
11th Annual Jazz 4 Justice
Fri, Nov 30, 8:00
     The George Mason Jazz Ensemble performs, directed by Jim Carroll, director of jazz studies at Mason. George A. Weiner, Esq. will be special guest conductor. The School of Music, in association with the Fairfax Law Foundation, presents this annual concert to benefit community and legal services in Fairfax County as well as music scholarships at George Mason.
     Jam sessions in the lobby will follow the concert, so bring your instruments; musicians of all playing levels are welcome.
Admission: $15 seniors and students, $20 other adults
Merchant Hall
Dailey & Vincent
A Bluegrass Christmas
Sat, Dec 1, 8:00
     Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent present a concert of holiday songs, both secular and sacred. The pair have been together since 2007 and have drawn comparisons to other famous country duos including Bill and Charlie Monroe and Ralph and Carter Stanley. A sample of their music may be viewed here.
     They will present a pre-performance discussion beginning at 7:15.
Admission: $32, $40, $48
Merchant Hall
Chucho Valdés with the Chucho Valdés Quintet
Sun, Dec 2, 7:00
     Chucho Valdés is one of Cuba's greatest jazz pianists. He and his group present a versatile blend of Cuban music with African roots and North American jazz. The concert will preview some new music from the Grammy Award-winner's album to be released in spring 2013. A sample of the group’s music may be viewed here.
     Pre-performance discussion by Dr. Greg Robinson, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, George Mason School of Music, begins at 7:15.
Admission: $30, 38, $46
Merchant Hall

Upcoming non-class events at OLLI
THE FOLLOWING LIST covering the next three weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master online calendar maintained by the office, with direct web links added when available. The list is accurate as of mid-week but to check anytime for the latest information, please visit our website (Upcoming Non-Class Events) to view the OLLI calendar. Note: OLLI members are welcome at meetings of the Board, committees and resource groups.
     OLLI-Loudoun Notes is a news email of particular interest to Loudoun members. It is written by OLLI member Kathie West. Her most recent email can be read at olli.gmu.edu/loudoun.pdf.  

Fri Nov 16   10:00am   Classic Fiction Book Club - Loudoun, Room 205
     10:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10:00am   Board of Directors Meeting - TA-1
     11:00am   Homer, etc. - Annex
     1:00pm   Loudoun Program Resource Group Meeting - Conference Room 202
Sat Nov 17   1:00pm   Personal Computer User Group - TA-1
Mon Nov 19 through
Fri Nov 23   OLLI Closed for Thanksgiving Break [no E-News on Friday]
Mon Nov 26   9:30am   Craft & Conversation Group - Cottage
     10:00a   What's in the Daily News? Continued - Annex
Tue Nov 27   10:00am   
Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop
Wed Nov 28   10:00am   Bridge Club - TA-3
     10:30am   The Tom Crooker Investment Forum - TA-1
Fri Nov 30   10:00am  
Recorder Consort - TA-2
     11:00am   Homer, etc. - Annex
Mon Dec 10 through Wed Jan 2   Registration for the 2013 Winter Term
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About OLLI E-News and the member/volunteers who produce it

Rod Zumbro
Creator and Editor

Barbara Kyriakakis
Associate Editor

Ernestine Meyer
Backup Editor
Review Team: Gordon Canyock, Barbara Kyriakakis, John West
Database Manager: Barbara Kyriakakis
Weekly Contributors:
Mason-Fairfax Arts and Music; Poet's Corner: Jan Bohall
Mason Highlights: Helen Ackerman
Hylton Arts and Music:
Sheri Siesseger
Coming Attractions: John West
> About this newsletter. OLLI's weekly newsletter, OLLI E-News, is emailed to current OLLI members with email addresses on Fridays. When classes are in session, printed copies of this newsletter are distributed in classrooms. Comments, suggestions or complaints? Please contact Editor Rod Zumbro or Communications Committee Chair Gordon Canyock.
> Submissions. Members are encouraged to submit OLLI-related news items, articles and photos for this newsletter. Deadline – 7:00 pm Wednesday for that week's issue (7:00 pm Monday for letters to the editor for which an OLLI response is appropriate); submissions earlier in the week are greatly appreciated. Please limit articles to about 250 words. Submit material to Editor Rod Zumbro (email rzumbro@gmu.edu).
> Read the latest issue early. The new weekly issue of OLLI E-News is posted to the OLLI website Thursday evening. Read it by visiting http://www.olli.gmu.edu/pubs.htm#enews, where you will find a list of the last 12 issues by date.
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Updated: November 16, 2012

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