Age 18 and up
7 Mondays, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Doors open at 9:30 AM
Start Date: June 24, 2019
July 1, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12
There is no program on July 8.
Fee $5 per person, per presentation / Library
Musical concerts and first person accounts are combined with traditional lectures by scholars and experts in their fields. Presenters offer stimulating, informative, engaging, and unique insights in music, literature, art, history, sports, film, archeology, and pop culture, and more. The series is open to all and geared toward people 50 years of age and older seeking a cultural and intellectual experience. Join us once or participate each week! Advance registration not required.
Monday, June 24, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Fifty years ago the Metropolitan Opera opened the doors to its new home at Lincoln Center. This film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an opera house against the backdrop of the politicians, philanthropists, artists and institutions that collectively shaped the cultural life of New York City, including the people who were displaced from their homes to make room for the new center. Their intersection would lead to the transformation of a neighborhood and the building of one of the crown jewels of the city’s cultural institutions.
Drawing on the rich archival resources of the city of New York, Lincoln Center, news organizations and private libraries for footage of the planning and construction of the new Met, the film also looks to cultural programming of the day such as the Bell Telephone Hour network special, “Countdown to Curtain,” which documents the planning and production of the Met’s historic opening night.
Monday, July 1, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Written in 1814, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the most controversial song in United States history and it continues to inflame passions to this day. Punctuated by live musical renditions of historic patriotic songs, this presentation, relates the fascinating hidden history about our national anthem. Marc Ferris, guitarist and singer, is author of the acclaimed book Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America’s National Anthem, and he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, CBS This Morning, and many other major media outlets.
Monday, July 15, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Through images and narrative, historical interpreter Eric Nelsen brings the story of the Palisades to life: from fishermen’s villages to palatial estates, the epic struggle to preserve the ancient cliffs, and the thriving beaches and campgrounds of the Depression and New Deal era. Eric Nelson has been a historical interpreter for the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey since 1992.
Old Croton Aqueduct: Past and Present with Mavis Cain
Monday, July 22, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
The Old Croton Aqueduct was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996. This presentation will cover the history of the Aqueduct, how it was built, and the vast challenges facing the engineers nearly 200 years ago, when New York City finally faced up to its desperate need for water. Their solution became one of the marvels of the age. Presently, the scenic path over the underground aqueduct winds through urban centers and small communities.. The Aqueduct’s grassy ceiling provides abundant recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Mavis Cain has been president of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct for 10 years. She has raised the funds to restore the now famous Keeper’s House, the 1800s home of the superintendent of the Aqueduct, as a museum and visitor center visitor, featuring an award-winning permanent exhibit as well as changing displays. The house is now open to the public most Saturdays and Sundays.
Monday, July 29, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Largely responsible for the explosion of bold American television in the 1970s, writer/producer Norman Lear’s name is synonymous with the sitcom. With unprecedented access to Lear, his work and his massive personal archives, this documentary combines stories from his turbulent childhood and early career with his groundbreaking TV success (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude) and social activism. Colorful stories from Lear’s family, friends and collaborators, including John Amos, Mel Brooks, George Clooney, Alan Horn, Louise Lasser, Bill Moyers, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, and Russell Simmons are presented. Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady show how a poor Jewish kid from Connecticut became one of TV’s most successful producers. Bringing provocative subjects like war, poverty, and prejudice into 120 million homes every week, Lear proved that social change was possible through an unlikely prism – laughter – and created some of the greatest moments in television history.
Monday, August 5, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
“Walk on the Wild Side” will focus on the Wild Bird Fund, a not-for-profit rehabilitation facility for all kinds of NYC birds and small animals. Stories surrounding the creatures and the people who rescue and attend to them, as well as the fascinating circumstances which create the problems, make for an unusual, entertaining, and enlightening presentation. Susan Teltser-Schwarz is an instructor at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts at NYU and known for her New York Behind the Scenes course. As a cultural researcher and writer, she regularly hosts The Metro Beat for WFDU-FM and is a New York correspondent for London’s The Oldie magazine.
Monday, August 12, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Enjoy songs from popular musicals including Carousel, Oklahoma!, and The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, West Side Story by Bernstein, and more!
Orit Dahari, vocalist, has performed with the Amato Opera Company, NYC, and has trained with prominent Metropolitan Opera singers. She enjoys sharing the joy of music with audiences around the world. Zachary Kampler, pianist, teaches composition, piano and brass at Westchester Community College, He is the music director of the Sound Beach Community Band and St. Catherine’s Players. He has conducted for The Connecticut Little Symphony and Nickel City Opera, in addition to holding the position of Assistant Conductor with the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, Tri-Cities Opera, and Sarasota Opera.
The Renard Series is made possible in part by a grant from the Henry H. Renard Foundation, sponsors and program participants.
Musical concerts and first-person accounts are combined with traditional lectures by scholars and experts in their fields. Presenters offer stimulating, informative, engaging, and unique insights in music, literature, art, history, sports, film, archeology, and pop culture, and more. The series is open to all and geared toward people 50 years of age and older seeking a cultural and intellectual experience.
Join us once or participate each week! Advance registration not required.
Mondays, 10:00 – 11:30 AM; Doors open at 9:30 AM
Program will not run on: January 21, February 18
Fee: $5 per person, per presentation / Library
Monday, June 17, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Violinist Sergey Nazarov will perform and talk about different time periods as they it relate to music, composers, performance practices and style.
Sergey Nazarov has performed extensively in Europe, the Ukraine, the United States, Brazil and Canada. His active career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, solo and chamber music engagements with Brooklyn Neighborhood Orchestra, Albert Einstein College Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Nazarov received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Albert Markov, Ariana Bronne and members of The American String Quartet.
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