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Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute, Boston

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Classical Music—LIVE!! : A Winter Musical Interlude


with Liz Diamond

Calendar Jan 19, 2021 at 10:30 am, runs for 5 weeks

Are you missing the excitement of going to live classical concerts with friends? Wait no more! This five-week winter musical interlude will include full-length live concerts (via YouTube) as well as a potpourri of different movements from fantastic live concerts (recorded live, available online) that we will watch together. Information about the composers, performers, music, including historical context, will be provided.  

Class discussion encouraged. (Spoiler alert: the first class will be Beethoven’s 9th Symphony—if you haven’t heard this piece in entirety—or even if you have—this is an experience you won’t want to miss!) Performances will also include: Bach’s Violin Sonatas and Partitas (recorded at Jordan Hall), Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Brahms’ 1st Symphony, selections by Chopin, Borodin and some surprises.

No enrollment Limit


Course Leader: Liz Diamond

Liz received her BA from BU (Concentration: Music), and a Masters from Lesley College in Education/Arts. She took piano lessons for a few years, flute lessons for lots of years, played flute in band and orchestra, is self-taught on guitar, and  taught music K-8 in the Salem (MA) Public Schools. She created Women’s Educational Media, Inc. 1978-82 and produced lesbian educational outreach materials: Straight Talk About Lesbians (filmstrip), The Lesbian Primer, and produced the video And We Are Family, distributed to universities and non-profit organizations nationally….Liz happily represented Steinway pianos at M. Steinert & Sons in Boston for fifteen years. She misses live classical concerts and docenting for WGBH! Passions include learning Bach fugues on piano, photography, children, and walking with friends in beautiful places. 

Write On Zoom! A Prose Writing Workshop


with Sue Katz

Calendar Jan 19, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This class will be a small group of prose writers who want to take their work to the next level. A variety of approaches to writing and feedback will be used, starting with a short warm-up exercise. Then a longer chunk of time will be devoted to focusing on a piece of writing. For this you can either select (as many as you choose) from the three varied prompts the instructor will provide or you can concentrate on an ongoing piece of writing (book/essay/story/etc.) that you have been working on outside or inside class. Finally, volunteers will read up to 500 words of their work, and we will offer feedback.

Enrollment Limit: 8


Course Leader: Sue Katz

Sue Katz’s business card identifies her as a “wordsmith and rebel.” Her books, short stories, and journalism have been published on the three continents where she has lived and worked, first as a martial arts master, then promoting transnational volunteering, and before the pandemic, teaching fitness and dance to elders. She has taught a plethora of varied writing courses. Her books include Lillian’s Last Affair (six short stories about the love lives of older people), Lillian in Love (novel about a romance between two old women in senior housing), and A Raisin in My Cleavage: short and shorter stories (LGBTQ and aging).


Full Course

Can We Stop Climate Change?


with Tony Lee

Calendar Jan 19, 2021 at 3 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Want to learn more about climate change? Become more effective in communicating with others about it? Act to mitigate its impact?

This is an opportunity to learn the basics of climate change and discuss how the continuing effects of it on ourselves and our planet can – and are – being addressed. Each class will focus discussion on a specific area: personal stories, basic science, renewable energy solutions, climate change modeling, and personal response. New and interesting information will be presented so that active discussion can take place.

Enrollment Limit: 15


Course Leader: Tony Lee

Tony Lee graduated from Yale University, served as a US Naval officer, and then earned an MBA at Rutgers University. His CPA career included 7 years with Arthur Andersen, 6 years as CFO of a construction company and 25 years as a forensic accountant.

Tony’s environmental and non-profit work began in 1980 as a board member of Friends of the Earth. In 1990, in response to news coverage of global warming, Tony helped organize Earth Day activities and then gave dozens of talks on climate change.

He has developed and led this course in conjunction with Elders Climate Action.

Full Course

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