OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, will bring members and non-members alike closer to the arts with performances and arts talks this winter and spring at the Reuter Center that are open to everyone. These events take place in the Manheimer Room and all are free except where indicated.
Jan. 25 – Behind the Scenes at NC Stage: Jeeves at Sea – NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver will discuss the company’s production of Jeeves at Sea, adapted by Margaret Raether and based on the stories of P.G. Wodehouse. Flynn-McIver also talks with the actors, directors and designers, and sometimes offers a scene or two performed live. For more information, visit https://www.ncstage.org/productions/jeeves-at-sea. 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 – Fab Friday Lunch ‘n Learn – Jay Jacoby: Best Sellers – Does Commercial Success Ensure Literary Quality? – Jacoby, professor of English for 26 years at UNC Charlotte, who in his retirement, has hosted a monthly book discussion at Malaprop’s and taught courses at OLLI’s College for Seniors, will explore the relative merits of readers’ polls, literary prizes and book sales as guides to assist with book choices. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Feb. 15 – Fab Friday Lunch ‘n Learn – Jim Stokely: Thomas Wolfe and His Link to Wilma Dykeman – Jim Stokely, president of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy and son of Asheville’s renowned environmentalist and non-fiction writer, will discuss the close connections between Dykeman and the family of Thomas Wolfe, Asheville’s most famous novelist. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Feb. 20 – Midday Music with Pan Harmonia – Pan Harmonia, now in its 19th season performing chamber music in Western North Carolina, provides an open rehearsal of its upcoming concerts featuring mezzo-soprano Brittnee Siemon, flutist Kate Steinbeck, and pianist Ko Eun Grace Lee. Noon.
Feb. 22 – Symphony Talk – Asheville Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen and violin soloist Alexi Kenney will describe the music they will play at the next night’s concert, which will feature Beethoven’s Pastoral, Symphony No.6, Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, and Kodály’s Dances of Galánta. BPR program host Chip Kaufmann will also provide background on the life and times of the featured composers. 3 p.m.
March 15 – Behind the Scenes at NC Stage: Silent Sky – NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver will discuss the company’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky, the true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers, working to explore the universe despite the social and professional restrictions on women of their era. For more information, visit https://www.ncstage.org/productions/silent-sky. 1:30 p.m.
March 29 – The Autumn Players Readers Theatre – Awake and Sing – The Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theatre present Awake and Sing, a drama set in The Bronx in the 1930s by Clifford Odets and directed by Arnold Sgan, readers theatre style. $7 admission at the door. 2:30 p.m.
April 28 – The Autumn Players Readers Theatre – The Constant Wife – The Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theatre present The Constant Wife, a comedy of manners by Somerset Maugham, directed by Anita Chapman, readers theatre style. $7 admission at the door. 2:30 p.m.
May 4-5 – Reuter Center Singers Spring Concerts – The Reuter Center Singers, the community choir of OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at UNC Asheville, will perform two shows. The choir is directed by Chuck Taft and accompanied on piano by Nora Vetro. Light refreshments will follow the performances and donations are welcome. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information about OLLI programs and events, visit olliasheville.com or call 828.251.6140.