Wynton Marsalis headlines Lifelong Learning Spring Travel Day Trips

Posted Jan 26th, 2017 by Helene Sheets  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Education, Events


A piano concert is also being offered at the Franciscan Center

The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is offering three hassle-free spring day trips. The first spring day trip features jazz icon Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Lifelong Learning day trips offer the opportunity to travel in comfort without worrying about the details. Prices include all admissions and bus fare, where applicable.

Spring Day Trips

Jazz Icon Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Saturday, March 4
Cost: $120 for members; $130 for nonmembers
Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 4 p.m.; returns at 11:30 p.m.
Includes Dinner

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 music making. 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 supple, sophisticated to spirit, it’s all sheer jazz perfection. Enjoy reserved mezzanine seats in the Hill Auditorium at the 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
Cost: $89 for members; $109 for nonmembers
Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9 a.m.; returns at 5:30 p.m.
Includes Lunch

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 ice 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
Cost: $134 for members; $154 for nonmembers
Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8 a.m.; returns at 6:30 p.m.
Includes Lunch

Starting in the Historic Michigan Theatre of Jackson, 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. Enjoy a lunch of soup, sandwiches and dessert at Steve’s Ranch Restaurant. Your sandwich order ahead of time. At lunch, guides will regale you with more tales of Prohibition and the prison’s famous and infamous inmates including Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

After lunch, 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 – learn about 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.

Next, experience the exquisite iconography and large murals with a reverse perspective at St. Demetrius Orthodox Church. Revel in 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.


Piano Concert at the Franciscan Center
For lovers of music, a special piano concert is being offered at the Franciscan Center. See details below.

A Walk Through Time: Exploring the Journey of Music Through the Centuries
Friday, May 12 – 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $18 for members; $25 for nonmembers
Event takes place at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania
Includes Buffet Lunch

Join in a walk through music history beginning with Bach and on to today, sampling a variety of musical styles and composers along the way. Your guide on this walk is pianist Heidi Clausius.

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

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