Lectures

Metropolitan Opera "Talk" Series - "Rigoletto" - Verdi

1:00 pm

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Virtual Zoom presentation Registrants will receive Zoom link day before presentation $10/talk or $24 for all 3 & save! Music historian Jeffrey Engel will Live Zoom lecture on three productions originally scheduled for the Metropolitan Opera's Winter simulcasts including: Jan. 21 - "Rigoletto" - Verdi Fev. 18 - "Mefistofeles"- Boito. March 18 - "Otello" - Verdi. “Rigoletto” Immorality, kidnapping, seduction, passion, and murder are but a few words that summarize the plot of “Rigoletto.” It is Verdi’s first work (after 16 others) to attain a permanent place in the popular repertory. “Rigoletto” has some of Verdi’s best-known music, especially one tenor aria that has been used to sell tomato paste and Doritos on television. Jeffrey Engel will detail the background of “Rigoletto” and play recordings of musical highlights. About the presenter: Music Historian Jeffrey Engel has been giving lectures devoted to music history for more than 20 years. He believes that such lectures should be entertaining as well as informative. To that end, his explanations are never too technical and he infuses his material with amusing anecdotes and musical illustrations.

One Earth, Our Earth Film Series

6:00 pm

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Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Litchfield Community Center presents “One Earth, Our Earth Film Series” Doc’s & Dialog Join us the first Wednesday of the month, 6 – 8 p.m., to watch the following documentaries and share in a facilitated dialog at the conclusion of each film. You are welcome to bring a “brown bag dinner”. Tea, coffee & packaged snack served Wednesday, Nov 4 “The Biggest Little Farm” Wednesday, Dec 2 “The True Cost” Wednesday, Jan 6 “A Simpler Way” Wednesday, Feb 3 “A Time to Choose” Wednesday, Mar 3 " A Life on Our Planet" with David Attenborough All Are Welcome ~ Free Will Offering *Limited to 25 and Free Registration is Required*

Metropolitan Opera "Talk" Series - "Mefistofeles"- Boito

1:00 pm

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Virtual Zoom presentation Registrants will receive Zoom link day before presentation $10/talk or $24 for all 3 & save! Music historian Jeffrey Engel will Live Zoom lecture on three productions originally scheduled for the Metropolitan Opera's Winter simulcasts including: Jan. 21 - "Rigoletto" - Verdi Feb. 18 - "Mefistofeles"- Boito. March 18 - "Otello" - Verdi. Jeffrey Engel will detail the background of “Rigoletto” and play recordings of musical highlights. About the presenter: Music Historian Jeffrey Engel has been giving lectures devoted to music history for more than 20 years. He believes that such lectures should be entertaining as well as informative. To that end, his explanations are never too technical and he infuses his material with amusing anecdotes and musical illustrations.

Improving Biodiversity in your Backyard for Pollinators and Birds

4:00 pm

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Join former Litchfield science teacher John Markelon as he teaches how to Improve Biodiversity in your Backyard for Pollinators and Birds. Scientists tell us that extinction rates are the highest since the dinosaurs roamed the planet. There are simple things we can do in our gardens and in our backyard that can slow this trend. We will discuss simple strategies to improve backyard habitat for pollinators and birds. Lecture will be live on ZOOM, with time for Q&A. Registration required for ZOOM link. ZOOM link will be emailed 24 hours prior to program. About the presenter: John Markelon started teaching after backpacking ~7000 miles and earning a BA in humanities and a MST in Environmental Education. He taught high school science for 33 years at New Milford, Northwest Regional #7, and Litchfield High Schools. He taught biology, earth science and environmental science. From 1992 - 2014 he coached eight state championship Envirothon teams from three different high schools. In 2008, John brought his team to the University of Connecticut for a conference on Biodiversity. It was here that he was introduced to the work of Dr. Doug Tallamy from the University of Delaware. Dr. Tallamy’s research demonstrates that the quality and type of plants in a landscape have profound effects on the number and diversity of pollinators in that landscape. John was awarded three grants to help him start a native plant nursery, create a one acre native perennial meadow and re-establish native woody plants to the forested section of the Litchfield High School campus. Before retiring in June 2020, John became president of the Litchfield Land Trust and co-founder of the Litchfield Pollinator Pathway.

One Earth, Our Earth Film Series

6:00 pm

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Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Litchfield Community Center presents “One Earth, Our Earth Film Series” Doc’s & Dialog Join us the first Wednesday of the month, 6 – 8 p.m., to watch the following documentaries and share in a facilitated dialog at the conclusion of each film. You are welcome to bring a “brown bag dinner”. Tea, coffee & packaged snack served Wednesday, Nov 4 “The Biggest Little Farm” Wednesday, Dec 2 “The True Cost” Wednesday, Jan 6 “A Simpler Way” Wednesday, Feb 3 “A Time to Choose” Wednesday, Mar 3 " A Life on Our Planet" with David Attenborough All Are Welcome ~ Free Will Offering *Limited to 25 and Free Registration is Required*

Metropolitan Opera "Talk" Series - "Otello" - Verdi

1:00 pm

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Virtual Zoom presentation Registrants will receive Zoom link day before presentation $10/talk or $24 for all 3 & save! Music historian Jeffrey Engel will Live Zoom lecture on three productions originally scheduled for the Metropolitan Opera's Winter simulcasts including: Jan. 21 - "Rigoletto" - Verdi Feb. 18 - "Mefistofeles"- Boito. March 18 - "Otello" - Verdi. Jeffrey Engel will detail the background of “Rigoletto” and play recordings of musical highlights. About the presenter: Music Historian Jeffrey Engel has been giving lectures devoted to music history for more than 20 years. He believes that such lectures should be entertaining as well as informative. To that end, his explanations are never too technical and he infuses his material with amusing anecdotes and musical illustrations.

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