"If the purpose of art is to provide reflection, or to get us to slow down and rethink things, [opera can be the art form that does that for our communities]. It tries to find meaning, to make the familiar strange, and the strange somewhat familiar.”
- P. Scott Cunningham, www.omiami.org
“Community Conversations” is a free series of thought-provoking discussions hosted by Florida Grand Opera that tie the opera art form with religion, politics, and the humanities. Using this season’s gripping opera The Passenger as a catalyst, we will explore other works of its composer, the roots of the opera, and experiences of the Holocaust through music, real-life stories, and personal retrospectives. These hour-long events stimulate interesting discussions about life and art that speak to the communities of South Florida.
From February 23 through March 6, 2016, FGO will travel throughout South Florida to present a diverse array of programming featuring a number of local artists, including the Amernet String Quartet, actors from What If Works!, and members of FGO’s Young Artist Program. For more information, please visit our The Passenger Community Conversations page.
Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute
FGO believes that opera education should be available to all students, regardless of not only social and economic status, but also of age. Partnering with Nova Southeastern, FGO will present five educational lectures on the upcoming season, which include information on plot, characters, background, and musicological concepts.
The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) is a longstanding Institution at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Founded in 1977 as the Institute for Retired Professionals and renamed the Lifelong Learning Institute in 2006, the LLI serves the lifelong learning interests and needs of the mature adult and retirement community in Broward County. The LLI, which is a component of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, is located on NSU's Davie campus. The LLI was founded to complete the NSU dream of education spanning a whole lifetime, from preschool to older-adult learning.
Please visit the NSU website for more information