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Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Saturday, March 4

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 4 pm and returns 11:30 pm.
Price: Only $120 for members, $130 for nonmembers.

Arguably the most famous jazz musician alive, trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis is an iconic figure in the evolution of the art form and a tireless advocate for jazz as America’s classical music. From his New Orleans beginnings to his current role as artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis inspires and uplifts people through superb musicmaking. Since 1988, Marsalis has led the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which simultaneously honors the rich heritage of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong while presenting a stunning variety of new works from illustrious names. From swinging to subtle, sophisticated to spirited, it’s all sheer jazz perfection. Our mezzanine seats are reserved at Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan.

Before the show, enjoy dinner at the Gandy Dancer restaurant. Situated in the beautifully restored 1886 Michigan Central Train Depot, it is both an architectural landmark as well as an elegant restaurant. The Gandy Dancer is known for its creative dishes and sophisticated, historic atmosphere. Select from three delectable entrees.

Innovation – Past, Present and Future

Friday, April 28

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9 am and returns 5:30 pm.
Price: Only $89 for members, $109 for nonmembers.

First Solar is a leading global provider of photovoltaic solar energy products, including construction and operation of the largest grid-connected photovoltaic power plants in existence. Learn about the future of solar power at the First Solar manufacturing plant in Perrysburg. We will learn about global and local manufacturing and enjoy a private tour of the manufacturing line.

Lunch will be at Sam B’s, a casual restaurant with local history and charm. Named in honor of Samuel Beckett, the Irish playwright and poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Sam B’s has been a fixture of Bowling Green since 1972. Lunch includes pecan chicken breast, vegetarian lasagna, salad, red skin mashed potatoes, coffee or iced tea, and of course dessert! After lunch, browse the shops of downtown Bowling Green including Ben Franklin Crafts right across the street.

The next stop is the historic National Construction Equipment Museum to see up close the machines that built the foundation of America! These machines built our roads and more; they hauled, dredged, excavated, mined and drilled. Many examples from the last century are accessible and will be explained in a guided tour of the museum’s indoor collection. Additional larger machines can be seen up close on the museum’s grounds.

Prison to Paradise

Thursday, May 25

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8 am and returns approximately 6:30 pm.
Price: Only $134 for members, $154 for nonmembers.

Starting in the Historic Michigan Theatre of Jackson, Michigan, experience “Jacktown: The History of Michigan’s First State Prison.” In an interactive program of live storytelling, film, archival photos, and audience participation, you will see and hear intriguing tales of prison life, colorful inmates, wardens, night keepers, crime, punishments, riots, and reforms. Lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert will be at Steve’s Ranch Restaurant. We will take your sandwich order ahead of time. At lunch, guides will tell more tales of Prohibition, and both famous and infamous inmates, including Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

After lunch we will tour Michigan’s First State Prison, now housing the Armory Arts Village. The tour includes the old West Wing, now a Grand Gallery built of stone, brick, mortar and steel by inmate labor; the old solitary area; seven large murals depicting the prison history; a former cellblock converted into an art studio, and an apartment carved from over 38 cells. Throughout the tour hear stories of crime, creeps and corruption – prison life, punishments and reforms, colorful and dangerous inmates, bizarre escapes, and a Chaplain who, with his belief that the arts are rehabilitative, encouraged the prisoners to engage in various arts. There will be time for a quick visit to the Old Prison Gift Shop.

Experience the exquisite iconography and large murals with a reverse perspective of St. Demetrius Orthodox Church. Enjoy Father Dusan’s delightful tour as he shares the history of this Eastern Orthodox Church and the origins of the icons. Finish the tour in a beautiful room surrounded by historic farmland as you eat totally heavenly Baklava baked fresh by the Sisterhood.

Special Event: A Walk Through Time: Exploring the Journey of Music Through the Centuries

Friday, May 12

11:15 am -12:30 pm
Price: Only $18 for members, $25 for nonmembers.
Location: Franciscan Center at Lourdes University

Join us for a walk through music history, beginning with Bach and on to today, sampling a variety of musical styles and composers along the way. Our guide on this walk will be pianist Heidi Clausius. Paired with a delectable luncheon buffet, we will celebrate the end of the semester.

A Toledo native, Heidi Clausius received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Toledo. An injury forced her to abandon hopes of a career in music, but after an 18-year absence, Heidi was able to return and earn a Masters of Music from BGSU. Now she is very active in the Toledo and Bowling Green music communities. Recently she performed in the Great Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art and with the Sylvania Community Orchestra. Today Heidi is the organist/pianist at Trinity Episcopal Church, maintains a private piano studio and teaches group piano and coaches vocal students at UT.

Buffet lunch is included!

Save the dates for these upcoming Lifelong Learning trips!

“Harvey” is the story of a man and his best friend – a six-foot tall invisible rabbit! Join us for lunch and a show at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan on Wednesday, July 5

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens has unusual and exotic species of plant life plus upwards of 10,000 annual plants and flowers. Join us for a tour Wednesday, September 6.