Harp & Flute Duo!
Well-known harpist Bonnie Caplan and flutist Kathryn Master will perform on Thursday, May 5th, at 7:30 p.m. Both of these outstanding musicians have performed here many times, but never together, so we are excited that they put this special concert together for us. Bonnie has performed with a number of major symphonies and at over 2000 weddings over the years! She graduated from The Peabody Conservatory in Maryland. Incidentally, Bonnie is on the waiting list to move into Bay Village, so we are excited to have another harpist residing here!
Kathryn gave her debut recital at Carnegie Hall. She holds a master’s degree in flute performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been called “Impressive and lively” by critics and has performed in major chamber music groups throughout the United States.
We hope to see everyone at what should be another fine concert at Bay Village.
by Petra Mueller
Saturday, May 7th, we are planning another Ringling Bridge Walk followed by breakfast at Millie’s. One length of the bridge is about 1/2 a mile and you can choose if you want to walk it one-way or both directions or wait in the park at Bird Bay.
In the middle of May the schedule for the Exercise classes is changing and we are welcoming Marian Vento (Strength and Balance) and Julie Shaussney (Splash) to help out with the classes while Petra is on a vacation visiting family in Germany. So please pay attention to these changes starting on May 11. Continue to work out during this time, taking advantage of the variations!
Health Tip of the Month:
When taking pain medication, always keep a written record of time and amount. Forgetting the time of the last dose can lead to a dangerous overdose.
Day Trips and Travel
We had a fantastic time at all the outdoor trips this spring! We enjoyed fantastic weather at our trip on The Carefree Learner boat with the Audubon Society over to the rookery on Roberts Bay to see the nesting birds followed by lunch at Marina Jack. On our trip to Lemon Bay Park, we received a guided tour and enjoyed a fantastic lunch and view at Starkey’s new restaurant, “Fins”. We also headed over the Ringling Bridge (again!) and enjoyed a fantastic breakfast after the walk.
This month we hope you will join us for another Ringling Bridge walk, followed by breakfast at Millie’s restaurant on Saturday, May 7th. We also have a trip to the fabulous DALI Museum in St. Petersburg. A guided tour is included. The museum is featuring a special visiting exhibit, Disney at the Dali. This multi-media presentation features the unlikely alliance between two of the most renowned and innovative artists of the twentieth century, Walt Disney and Salvatore Dali. Following the museum, we’re headed to the Hofbrauhaus restaurant for some German food and music! This fun and upbeat restaurant really immerses you in a beer garden like you would find in Munich! Prices for this trip will be on the flier you receive in your mailbox.
We are also headed to see Funny Girl at The Broadway Palm on May 12th. At press time, we still have tickets for this popular musical that tells the story of Fanny Brice.
B.I.L.L. NEWS~A Few Months of Russian History & Music!:
Our current DVD series from the Teaching Company is The History of Russia: Peter the Great to Gorbachev, and it is held every Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium.
Your B.I.L.L. committee has decided to break this long series into three parts. Part one begins with politics and culture on the eve of Peter the Great’s efforts to transform his country; then, it looks at Peter and his reforms. Next, women’s rule is examined with particular focus on Catherine the Great. Then, the Purgachev Uprising will be covered, as well as writer Nikolai Novikov.
Next, we consider the Decembrist rebellion, in which nobles took arms against the state to bring about social and political reform. Part I of this series has ended.
Your instructor for this course is Dr. Mark Steinberg, a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and director of the Russian and East European Center. He is the winner of a number of prestigious awards, including Yale University’s Sarai Ribicoff Prize for Teaching. We hope you will make plans to join us for what should be a fascinating class!
Following part 2 of this series, we’ll enjoy a 5-week class about the life of Russian composer Tchaikovsky. Part 2 of Russian History, May 3rd. On May 10th we will begin our series on Russian composer Tchaikovsky. It’s titled “Tchaikovsky: His Life and Music.” This series is taught by Robert Greenberg, the same professor we had for the “Stravinsky” series, so we hope you will join us!
In June, we will begin a series about John Adams. This is an HBO-produced documentary about the life of John Adams and it’s broken into seven parts. Further details will be in your June newsletter and on the flier you receive in your mailbox a week or so before the start date.