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First of spring 2018 Mason Faculty Club Series: Dr. Harry Butowsky discusses his book I Survived: My Name is Yitzkhak, based on interviews in 1970 with a Polish survivor of the Holocaust and World War II violence.

March 30, 2018

Editor of the Week: John Nash

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Alerts & Notices

– Please remember to drop any conflicting or unwanted classes or trips. There are some members on waitlists who are eager to take your spot. Click here to ask the registrar to drop your class. Also, check the OLLI website for any changed or cancelled classes. The website has the most up-to-date information on OLLI spring-term offerings. 

– Spring-term kick-off coffee, Friday, April 6, 10:00, Tallwood, TA-1; register for Event 1304.

– Upcoming Board of Directors elections, May 4–18; see article below.

– The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published April 6; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, April 3, at 6:00.

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2018 Board of Directors Election
By Terri Feldmayer, Nominating Committee Chair

Candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors election are: Michelle Blandburg (for re-election), Lillian Brooks, Marguerite Johnson, Norma Reck (for re-election), Charles Silver, Diane Stanley, and Bill Taylor (for re-election).


Candidate biographies and photos will be available beginning April 2 on the OLLI Website. Candidates’ information also will be available on posters in each of the social areas at Tallwood, Reston, and Loudoun.


Here are upcoming dates where members can meet the candidates:


– April 20, 2018: The Salad Social in Reston will give OLLI members a chance to hear a brief statement from each candidate, followed by a question and answer time.


– May 4, 2018: The Annual Membership Meeting at Tallwood; another chance to meet and talk with candidates. Voting begins.


– May 4 – May 18: OLLI members’ voting untl noon on May 18.


Please check future editions of the E-News for continuing information on the elections.


If you have questions about the election process, contact Terri Feldmayer, 703-725-9627.

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International Urban Search and Rescue
Task Force One Visit and Demonstration

By Stephanie Trachtenberg, Class Coordinator 


There’s just been an earthquake in Fairfax, and you’re stuck under rubble in your basement. Who will find you…and how?

Fairfax County’s International Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One will visit OLLI in TA‑1 on Friday, April 13, at 1:00, with a demonstration of their life saving equipment in a lecture called Beyond the Whispers. Special guest: ANGUS, their “top dog” will return to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks! Register for F971 spring 2018.
(Photo by Susan Van Hemel from prior visit in spring 2016)

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History Club April Meeting

By Beth Lambert, History Club Coordinator

The April meeting of the History Club will take place on Wednesday, April 4, at 2:15 in TA1. David Heymsfeld, OLLI member and teacher, will give a presentation on a subject which he titles “Learning About History from Historical Fiction.” More than likely, most members of the History Club enjoy reading historical fiction, but perhaps we never consider the ways writers of such fiction work to convey the past accurately. David will illustrate his theme with readings from several novels, such as Herman Wouk’s World War II novels, and Tom Wolfe’s novel about New York City in the 1980s, Bonfire of the Vanities. The meeting promises to be a lively one that will give us a new perspective on historical fiction.


All OLLI members are invited to History Club meetings; you need not be a member of the History Club.

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Spring Term Begins on a Beautiful Note

By John Nash, E-News Writer

The OLLI spring term began on a beautiful note with the first performance of the Music Sampler. The Dream Trio, consisting of Faith Zuniga on piano, Anna Kong on violin, and Zackary Whitaker on cello, filled the place with beautiful music as OLLI members enjoyed the live presentation.

The Music Sampler, coordinated by Dr. Kathryn Hearden, Mason professor of vocal studies, is held each Tuesday morning, beginning at 9:30, in the sanctuary of the Lutheran Lord of Life church, one of OLLI’s off-campus venues. Dr. Hearden arranges for Mason students, faculty and other local professionals to offer various musical performances.

If you have not signed up for an OLLI class on Tuesday mornings, you can still attend the Music Sampler. There is plenty of seating available. Not only will you be supporting these outstanding volunteer musicians, but you’ll enjoy some of the best music available – and you won’t have to pay Kennedy Center prices!  (Photo by John Nash)

Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Playing Brahms’ Capriccio #7

Deep thick chords
Augmented seventh arpeggios
Staccato releases
Alternating hands taking turns.

Key and meter changes
Legato versus staccato
Soft against loud
Quirky chords expressing tension.

Soft arpeggio passage getting louder,
louder, and LOUDER until
both hands in unison arrive at the

The theme returns, but with counterpoint,
hands echoing each other to a furious coda.
A meter change to 3/8 where left hand dominates.
Many diminished seventh chords fill one’s ears.

Finally ending in 2/4 time in double forte,
Two inversions of the D Major Chord
Tonic form held firmly at the end
For ear’s final relief.

Joan Lunsford

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Arthur S. Hill, OLLI member since fall 1999, died on Saturday, March 10, in Falmouth, MA. He ran the OLLI discussion group “All the News” for many years in Reston. He and his wife Cynthia had moved to Massachusetts during the last year. The Celebration of Life will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Falmouth, MA, on May 19, 2018. More information is available at this link.

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, March 30 through April 9
By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff WriterFor tickets for either Center for the Arts (CFA) or Hylton, call 1-888-945-2468, buy tickets online through the event calendar (see links below), or visit the venue’s box office. For more information, see the CFA ticket page or the Hylton ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues
Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
Sat, Mar 31, 8:00
Bria Skonberg, trumpet/singer
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $46, $39, $28.Virginia Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
Sat, Apr 07, 2018 8:00
Sun, Apr 08, 2018 2:00
Pre-performance discussion: Dr. Glenn Winter.
Concert Hall
Admission: $110, $90, $54.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

Mason School of Theater: The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
Sat, Mar 31, 2:00
Sat, Mar 31, 8:00
Thu, Apr 5 – Sat Apr 7, 8:00
Sat, Apr 7 and Sun Apr 8, 2:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults $30; Seniors $15.
Classical Music Vocal Competition
Sat, Mar 31, 8:30 am
Center for the Arts – Monson Grand Tier III
Admission: Free.Big Band Showdown
Mon, Apr 2, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $12, $8, $5.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

8th Anniversary Gala Silent Art Auction Exhibition
Mar 13–Apr 21
Final bids Apr 14
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Sat, Apr 7, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $50, $43, $30.

Asaph Dance Ensemble: Spring Concert
Sun, Apr 8, 4:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults $30; $15 Seniors.

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For further details on any of the above events, please see the CFA event calendar and the Hylton Center event calendar.

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Meetings & Clubs

The following list covering the next two 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 any time for the latest information, please view the latest forecast of upcoming events on our website (News/OLLI Calendar). Note: All OLLI members are welcome at, and encouraged to attend, meetings of the Board of Directors, committees and resource groups, kickoff coffees, etc. (bolded below).

Sat Mar 31 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Apr 4  1:30am
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Special Events Committee–Annex
History Club–TA-1
Fri Apr 6  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation Club–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-1
Homer, etc.–Annex
Dr. Who Club–TA-3
Sat Apr 7 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Apr 11  1:00pm
Tallwood Book Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Thu Apr 12  2:15pm Reston Book Club–UCP
Fri Apr 13  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Photography Club–TA-1
Homer, etc.–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-2

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About OLLI E-News

OLLI E-News was created by Rod Zumbro, who served as its editor from 2005 to 2013.

Editorial Staff
Chief Editor: Paul Van Hemel
Technical Editor: Irene Osterman
Associate Editor: David Gundry
Weekly Editor Team: Jean Boltz, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel 

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Shirley Springfloat, Linda Randall,
Gerry Ann Strube
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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