Opera Colorado Young Artists 3/28

L’Elisir d’Amore / The Elixir of Love

Free to Academy members and their Guests
Tues, March 28, 11:30 am-1 pm – Sanctuary

Experience the one-hour, English language version of Donizetti’s romantic comedy, The Elixir of Love.  With a few costumes, and a portable set, the Young Artists will deliver the fun of this live opera performance. Can the bumbling peasant Nemorino win the heart of the beautiful Adina with the help of a magic “elixir” from the snake-oil-salesman, Dulcamara? Come share that experience with us at the Academy on March 28.

6500 E Girard Ave, Denver CO 80224
No Need to RSVP

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Opera Colorado Young Artist Cast, Elixir

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Tattered Cover Hosts Book Fair at Academy

Nov. 1-3, 10-3 p.m. 

A great way to support The Academy and find some wonderful books.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is proud to announce a book fair of Colorado authors taking place at The Academy, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver 80224,tattered-cover-logo

You may purchase books by Ausma Zehanat Khan, along with a wide-range of other selections from Colorado authors. The Tattered Cover will give the Academy 10 percent of its sales to benefit the our scholarship and technology fund.


FREE to members and guests, No RSVP necessary
At the Academy for Lifelong Learning,
6500 E Girard Ave, Denver 80224




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Join Us at Boom! this Sat. Register Now!

BOOM! Flyer with Break-outs--09-18-15The Academy helped host Boom!, a day dedicated to the the upside of aging. We sponsored a few booths and took our experts to this roadshow.


Judith Viorst, Best Selling Author, lunchtime speaker, Noon
Ashton Applewhite, Aging Activist, 4 p.m.

Special Guest Stars:

Woody Emlen, Panelist for Lifelong Learning, Board Member, The Academy, a.m.
Patricia Cox, “Write to Save Your Life,” Course Leader, The Academy, p.m.

Aging is Optional, Finding Purpose, Brain Health, Creativity, Lifelong Learning, Encore Movement, Meditation, Conscious Aging, Financial Gerontology, Caring for Caregivers, Life Reimagined, Volunteering/National Service, Social Enterprise, Technology, Embracing Aging, Philanthropy, Cannibus, Entrepreneurship.

Here’s Who We Brought

Woody Emlen, Board Member, organizer of Cutting Edge Research from the Anschutz Campus
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Patricia Cox, Course Leader, Write to Save Your Life2-Cox-Patricia


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Short-Film Festival Tuesday, July 14

It’s almost show time at The Academy, and we hope you will join us for a fun, inspiring and interactive afternoon at the movies.

 Short-Film Festival + Vote, Tuesday, July 14, 1-3 p.m.

Brian Steward from the Colorado Film School will provide industry commentary and tips on movie critiquing.

$5 Admission
Cash or check made payable to the Academy Includes popcorn, candy and drinks
(and covers our viewing rights)


8081 E. Orchard Road, Auditorium – 2nd floor (park near Door 11 for quickest access)

 The following films will be screened:

Cindy’s New Boyfriend  – Action/comedy
24 minutes
An actor tries to scare off the new boyfriend of his buddy’s ex-girlfriend by reprising his role as a tough guy in a bad movie, but the new boyfriend turns out to be a real gangster who isn’t easily intimidated and kidnaps him instead.

Life Cycle Project – Documentary/sport
16 minutes
Awaiting the results to see if she has the deadly ovarian cancer gene, first-time filmmaker Debora De Napoli shares her personal journey as she starts the charity Life Cycle, an adventure that sends this cubicle dweller biking up (and falling down) nine harrowing summits in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Ripple – Thriller
32 minutes
A dead-end life, a dead-end job and a dead body in the fridge. A destitute man finds purpose while attempting to cover up a deadly accident.

Notes On Ice – Documentary/nature
25 minutes
A beautiful documentary about the world’s only ice musical festival where all instruments are made from natural ice. Set in Norway.

Your friends are welcome. This is a great way to get a taste of The Academy’s Indie Film Inspiration class,
Tuesdays at 10 a.m. starting Sept. 22.

**  On-site registration will also be available at this event.  If you are having trouble printing or completing your form, come on down, and we will be happy to assist you.

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Map Maven has Hidden Talent

Long-time Academy course leader Lorraine Sherry is excited for her two new projects.  She helped organize “Map Month May” with the Denver Public Library through the Rocky Mountain Map Society and is teaching a course on Baroque Music at The Academy next fall (hint: hidden talent.)

Lorraine Sherry

For Map Month May, there are four lectures, three exhibits, and a map fair.  Venues are at the Denver Public Library, University of Denver, and CU-Boulder. Please click below to get more info about this event.

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While Maps might be her main claim to fame at The Academy, Lorraine spends a lot of time championing Baroque music. Her class, taking place in Fall 2015, takes on this important mussical movement. Over the past 30 years, the Boulder/Denver metro area has become one of the most important centers for the current “Renaissance” of early music.

Six local, world-class musicians who have sung, played, or directed choral and instrumental music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods throughout the USA and Europe will play music and share their experiences with you, including:
Where and how they found early music manuscripts
250 years of vocal music: from rich polyphony to harmony
Musical forms and styles from early Renaissance to late Baroque
The birth of the orchestra and evolution of musical instruments
The development of opera from musical drama
The art and excitement of performing early music.

Lorraine Sherry’s training and experience has been in science, technology, and educational research. However, herpassion in life has always been music – primarily singing – beginning with her first solo in third grade. Although she majored in physics while attending undergraduate and graduate schools, she minored in music at Vassar and took a one-year graduate course in the music of J.S. Bach at M.I.T. from Klaus Liepmann. She studied voice with Albert Van Ackere (formerly of Pro Musica, Brussels), Maria Coffey in Boston, and Rebecca Barker in Florida. At home with her family in New York City, musical training and performance was as valued as higher education. Listening to the Metropolitan Opera performances on the radio was as important as attending church on Sundays. Taking diction training at the Met enabled her to attend the Saturday opera matinees for free. Lorraine sang in school plays and concerts and was selected for Allstate Choir while in high school in Long Island. She was elected president of the Opera Workshop at Vassar. Lorraine has been a member of many choirs including the Gregorian Chant choir at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Poughkeepsie, Vassar Glee Club and Madrigal Group, Radcliffe Choral Society, Masterworks Chorale in Boston, First Presbyterian Church Choir in Winter Haven Florida (choir member & soloist), Boca Magna Cantores in Lakeland Florida (16 voice semi-professional chorus), Central Florida Bach Festival, Central Florida Messiah Chorale, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral Choir in Denver, Boulder Bach Festival, and Boulder Messiah Chorale. She supported symphonies, choirs, early music societies, and chamber music groups wherever she lived, and she continues to sing with the Boulder Messiah Chorale every Christmas.

Lorraine hails from the east coast (New York, Massachusetts, Florida).  She has a B.A. in physics from Vassar, three master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Innovation from the University of Colorado.  She was a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Larimer Square until she retired in 2005.  She has been a member of The Academy since 2006 and has facilitated courses in cartography, music, and historic garden design.  She is a Colorado Master Gardener, has sung with many semi-professional and informal choral societies, and is an avid international traveler.  She is the Secretary/Webmaster and Director of the Rocky Mountain Map Society (www.RMmaps.org).  Her personal collection of antique maps focuses on the geography of Eastern Europe, Lithuania, and Russia in the 15th to 19th centuries.

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Ebola: Preparing for a Substantial New Challenge, Feb. 12

acadpennantPlease join us for our Back to School Lecture
Ebola: Preparing for a Substantial New Challenge
Thursday, Feb. 12
1-3 p.m., Please join us for a snack and scintillating conversation after the event!

Is a “new normal” of scary infections upon us?

Join virologist Dr. Eric Poeschla, formerly of the Mayo Clinic and now the Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at CU’s School of Medicine, and epidemiologist Dr. Michelle Barron, Medical Director of Infection, Control and Prevention, at the University of Colorado Hospital as they discuss Ebola—the disease, the science, the epidemic and the challenges it presents to the health care system. Get the facts on how Ebola causes disease, where it comes from, how epidemics are managed, the value of quarantines, updates on Ebola treatment and prevention, and understand the deep need for supporting research so that in the future we can prevent these outbreaks before they happen!

NO RSVPs needed, please bring a friend.
We will be taking registrations that day.

Program takes place in the Auditorium, on the 2nd floor, at 8081 E. Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village

Park near Door 11 (not in the FIT DTC spots, you could get towed!)
***BUT, If it’s snowy or icy, DO NOT PARK NEAR DOOR 11, park in the basement (entrance on southeast side of the building), and take the elevator to the 2nd floor. 

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FREE Concert: Lamont Summer Academy


Members and their guests are invited to an
Honors Concert
by the Lamont School of Music Summer Academy

Wednesday, June 29, 7:30 pm

Reception at 7 pm

at the Newman Center at DU,
2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80208
Free parking

The concert will feature the top chamber ensembles from the Summer Academy, presenting a wide variety of the great classics, including selections from string quartets, piano quintets, musical theater, and wind quintets.


About the Lamont School of Music Summer Academy: A highly regarded pre-college music program serving national and international students talented in instrumental, vocal, piano and composition. The program features private lessons and master classes with University and guest-artist faculty.  The curriculum features choir, orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, music theatre, theory, performance, recitals, music technology, modern and world music, conducting and more.

Lamont Academy invites you to join them for their other concerts, free and open to the public. Concert schedule: du.edu/lamont/summeracademy and click on Concert and Master Class Schedule near the bottom of the page.  *Tax deductible contributions to the Summer Academy are welcomed and gratefully acknowledged in all Lamont Academy concert programs. Donations may be made payable to: University of Denver, with notation: Gift for the Lamont Summer Music Academy, and mailed to:  Nancy Cochran, Director, Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80208.

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It’s time to party!

Join the fun at the free performance by Opera Colorado singers, Thursday, Feb. 27th, 10:00 to noon at The Academy. The concert will celebrate both the launch of The Academy’s spring semester and the first public performance at The Academy featuring its magnificent grand piano, recently donated by the Westin Hotel Downtown Denver.

2-Piano-KawaiIn this delightful celebration, Opera Colorado’s corps of young artists will sing highlights from the operatic and musical theater repertoire. Arias and ensemble selections are performed as they would be on stage, but without the use of sets and costumes. The result? An intimate and engaging experience. And it’s all capped with a lively Q&A with the vocalists. No RSVPs are needed for the concert: just show up and enjoy!

And now for the back-story: Except for an amazing instance of serendipity, The Westin’s grand piano might never have made it to The Academy’s stage. The Academy asked Greg Carpenter, Opera Colorado’s director and a longtime Academy programming partner, if he could help them find a piano when they moved to their new Greenwood Village campus last year. “It was fortuitous that at the same time,” he said, “Susan Stiff of The Westin Denver Downtown Hotel approached Opera Colorado to find a home for a grand piano.  Given Opera Colorado’s strong collaborative ties to both The Academy and The Westin Denver Downtown, it was only natural that we act as a facilitator.”

Westin spokesperson Susan Stiff believes that the piano has found a perfect home at The Academy, since it was first purchased for a gala benefiting the arts, when the hotel opened. “The piano donation represents The Westin Denver Downtown’s commitment to the arts that has continued since the hotel’s opening 30 years ago,” she said.

wi_logo_homepage[1]Applauding both “The Westin Denver Downtown’s tremendous support for the arts community of Denver and . . . the educational opportunities The Academy offers residents of the Denver metro area,” Greg also noted that Opera Colorado is “thrilled that the first public performance on the donated piano will be by our own Opera Colorado Young Artists.”

The piano will also greatly enhance The Academy’s many music classes, including The Classical Period in Music, starting Feb. 25. Click on the Registration icon on the top right of our home page for more information on dozens of exciting liberal arts and current-event courses, with start dates staggered from Feb. 25 to mid-April.

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Alzheimer’s & Down Syndrome: A Link?

2-Dr-Huntington-PotterOn February 11, 2014 Dr. Huntington Potter, Director of the Anschutz Alzheimer’s Program, discussed the latest findings in the area of Alzheimer’s.

Cutting-edge research spearheaded by Dr. Potter has discovered the same genetic hallmarks in Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s—3 copies of chromosome 21. This cellular mistake triggers a disastrous cycle of plaque-building protein in both groups of patients, though those with Down syndrome start accumulating the protein earlier and Alzheimer’s patients start generating it later. Since 100% of Down patients develop Alzheimer’s-like plaques and tangles in their brains, but only 50% ultimately develop dementia, Dr. Potter’s latest research focuses on whether differences in diet, lifestyle or environment contribute to the Down distinction.

The hope: his work will lead to revolutionary drugs and other therapies for preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2012 Denver was thrilled to be able to lure renowned, award-winning scientist, Huntington Potter, PhD, to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus where he has launched a new clinical care center. His lab studies the mechanism by which Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome arise.  They research drugs that could ameliorate or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Previously, Potter studied, researched and taught for 30 years at Harvard. He went on to direct acclaimed Alzheimer’s disease research centers and institutes, where he developed seven new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease in preparation for human trials.  He is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and books, is the holder of 15 U.S. and foreign patents, has sat on scientific advisory and review committees in academia, industry and government, and has received numerous awards for his work.

“Alzheimer’s disease is an immense and increasing problem across the population, and particularly for adults with Down syndrome,” said John J. Sie. “The appointment of Hunt Potter demonstrates that the Crnic Institute is engaged in research that will change the outcome for these individuals.”


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Financial Literacy…No, Really!

A brief testimonial from Eileen’s former class assistant about how this class teaches and empowers people about their investments. An

Submitted by Donna Svendsen, CFP®

Eileen SharkeyAs an observer of the Financial Literacy class taught by Eileen Sharkey, CFP®, I had a first-hand view of how students reacted to the course content and to the instructor. Selecting investments can put most people to sleep, yet Eileen makes it easy to understand and almost amusing when she uses the analogy of shopping for groceries: “We don’t buy broccoli if we don’t know how to cook it or if we don’t like it – even if it is on sale and looks pretty! Why do we buy a financial product that we don’t understand, or don’t like – even if it is well represented with a glossy brochure and a handsome salesman?”

There is much more in this class than selecting investments, too. This introductory class helps students understand the current market and why it’s where it’s at. Eileen, a witty Brit, was educated in London and then in Kansas which gives her a practical and global view of finance. Students appreciate the handouts and worksheets that help them organize their personal financial world and get focused on their own goals.

Session topics also include evaluating insurance needs and risk management, record keeping, financial professionals and how to find who and what you need. One guest speaker presented an ethical discussion about medical care and dying with dignity and Eileen wrapped up the course with information about preserving your wealth and your decisions when you approach the end of life.

The class was well received by students. Comments included:

  • motivating
  • practical
  • exceeded my expectations
  • I’ll bring my spouse next time  

One female student revealed, “I now have more confidence to speak with my own financial advisor!” – a big step for her.

I work with Eileen Sharkey and admit my bias towards her; however, Eileen has me observe her classes to assist and to give her honest feedback and that’s exactly what I do.

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