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On the second Friday of the month, at cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room 310, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Guest speakers will enlighten, inspire and entertain us on selected topics in the arts and humanities.  There will always be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required. Free parking available on the north side of the building and plenty of on-street parking.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome.  Please contact: Carol Gerein (arts@calgarylifelonglearners.ca); Pat Hogan (culture@calgarylifelonglearners.ca) or Marje Wing (mwing789@gmail.com

Coming Presentations 

Touching the Future of Opera

 With Mel Kirby

 Photo courtesy of Mel KirbyCDP-201802216ArtsHumanitiesMelKirby

Mel Kirby, Coordinator of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist apprentice program, will provide insights into the challenging  and fulfilling work involved in training a new generation of opera singers in today’s world.  

 Founded in 1972, Calgary Opera has made a name for itself as a company that is committed to the development of Canadian talent and the development of new opera works, as well as bringing opera to all ages in the community on a broader scale.   

 Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program is the only one of four designated annual National Training Programs funded through Canadian Heritage in all of Canada, which provides 8 young artists the opportunity to learn through an intense program of vocal coaching, acting, performances, touring and one-on-one training with experts in the opera world.

Mel Kirby brings to his role of Coordinator of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program over 30 years of professional experience as a performer, teacher, conductor and highly respected member of the Calgary music community.   He joined Calgary Opera in 2006 creating the curriculum and goals for the Emerging Artist Program which oversees the annual post-graduate training and transition to a professional working career of an ensemble of young singers from across Canada.

 Mr. Kirby has also served as Artistic Director of The Festival Chorus since 1991, conducting performances of major works with orchestra by J.S. Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Brahms. His experience also includes five seasons as Conductor of the Calgary Bach Festival Society and two seasons at the helm of the Civic Symphony. He has been on the staffs of the University of Calgary Music Department, the Banff Centre’s Music Theatre Program, and Mount Royal University.

 When: Friday, May 11th, 2018
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Where: Room 310, cSpace, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW

What To Do After You Think You've Done It All

Photo courtesy of Ellen K.

From childhood to career, retirement and post-retirement, the arts have played a major role in the life of Jacqueline Dunckel Donoghue.  In this, our last session for the season, Jacqueline will share with you a part of her journey as she takes a light look at her life in the arts from making sure Tyrone Power is wearing pants he can sit down in, to how she got the job as the storyteller for Sunny Boy Cereal, to local productions for CBC Radio Wednesday Night, to acting in the first professional Theatre Calgary production before it was Theatre Calgary, on to playing a role in Calgary’s first dinner theatre and finally what she did after that and what she is doing now.  It promises to be a relaxed, laugh-filled time together.

Jacqueline Dunckel Donoghue

Jacqueline is a native Albertan, born in Claresholm.  She grew up in Camrose and finished high school at Crescent Heights in Calgary.  As unlikely as it seems now, she took her first year of university at Mount Royal College, majoring in petroleum engineering, but wisely shifted gears and graduated in Communications:  Journalism, Broadcasting and T.V. from Brigham Young University with a graduation practicum at Twentieth Century Fox in Hollywood.  She has diplomas in Speech Arts from the Toronto Conservatory and completed her education in Performance Speech through Trinity College, London, England.  Her career experience includes radio writing, announcing and acting, magazine editing, founding chair of the Dept. of Communicating and Performing Arts at Mount Royal College, as well as forming her own company coaching executives and political figures to make presentations and meet the media.

 When: Friday June 8, 2018
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Where: Room 310, cSpace, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW

Past Presentations 

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