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Osher Courses in the Spotlight

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Woven Voices: an Exploration of Sounds and Timbres
Take time before the holidays begin to listen to Classical Revolution: Boise (CRB) as they perform and explore the beauty of layering different instruments in order to create a variety of sounds and timbres. CRB will also discuss how they choose repertoire and instrument combinations based on the colors each instrument offers.
CRB is comprised of professional, classically-trained musicians from all over the country. Members have performed with the New World, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, Utah, Oregon, and Hawaii Symphonies, and hail from such prestigious universities as Juilliard, Eastman, Northwestern, DePaul, and Carnegie Mellon.
Presenter: Lindsay Bohl, Viola, Classical Revolution: Boise and Associate Principal Viola, Boise Philharmonic
Dates and times: Sat., Nov. 5 and 12, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $30

Putting Election 2016 in Context
If current events are any indication, we may find ourselves with several questions about the outcome of the 2016 election. Join us for this special add-on lecture where Dr. Jaclyn Kettler and Dr. Justin Vaughn will provide analytical commentary and lead a discussion focused on the results of the 2016 election. With an eye toward the presidential race, the battle for Congress, and the Idaho political landscape, they will discuss historic similarities and what the future likely holds. (This lecture is open to all members but will be particularly relevant for those who were enrolled in Dr. Vaughn’s course “Presidential Elections” last spring.)
Presenters: Dr. Jaclyn Kettler, Assistant Professor and Dr. Justin Vaughn, Associate Professor, Political Science, Boise State University
Date and time: Thu., Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: This lecture is free but registration is required.

To register for the Woven Voices course or the Putting Election 2016 in Context lecture, visit the Osher Institute registration site or call (208) 426-1709 for more information.