UT OLLI members are special guests at annual Butler School of Music concert


On Thursday, March 8, the students, faculty and staff of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music hosted a special concert for members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (UT OLLI) at The University of Texas at Austin. The free concert, entitled “Celebration of the Musical Arts,” was comprised of performances by the Butler School’s students and faculty. Performances ranged from a string quartet to a baritone performance of “Danny Boy” and a tenor performance from “La Boheme.” The concert, which is becoming an annual event for the Butler School and UT OLLI, was followed by a reception at the Thompson Conference Center attended by UT OLLI members, concert performers, and even Sarah and Ernest Butler, themselves.

A photo gallery from the event is found at the end of this article.

This concert is just one example of the many cultural and educational opportunities that UT OLLI members can take advantage of on the university campus. Boasting over 1,500 members at the university, UT OLLI was endowed by the Bernard Osher Foundation to provide educational and social benefits nationwide to lifelong learners, adults typically age 50 and over. UT OLLI members enroll in a range of non-credit, non-graded short courses offered purely for the love of learning and the promise of connecting to a social and academic environment.

UT OLLI is made up of five distinct organizations: UT Lamp, UT Forum, UT Quest, UT Sage and UT Nova. Members of each organization select the program subjects, book their speakers, and organize the events.

The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music is continually exploring creative ways of sharing music with diverse community audiences and providing its students with performing experiences, where they may engage with any audience, of any age, in any setting. This annual concert for OLLI is just one way they accomplish these goals. More information about the Butler School and a schedule of upcoming free community concerts taking place in April and May are found online.

For further information on UT OLLI and to download membership applications, visit the UT OLLI website or call (512) 471-3124.

Click on any of the images below to open a larger image from this UT OLLI event.


Bates Recital Hall

Robert Desimone

Glenn Chandler of the College of Fine Arts.

Dr. Chuck Dillard and David Small

 Dr. Chuck Dillard and Harvey Pittel

Rick Rowley

Dr. Richard Masters and Cristina Caldes

 Nathan Williams, Da Xun Zhang, Tomoko Kashiwagi

Winona Van Alstyne

Victoria Choi and Soonchan Kwon

Patrick Scott


Maxine Hudson and Fern Chester

Christa Broderick and Don Ugent

Joe and Dorothy Sunday

Judi Nudelman and Kathy Sangster

Joanne and Larry Loew and Mary Lou Gibson

Joan Akey, Katy Francis and Charles Akey

(Left to right) Tom and Cheryl Burnaw and Dottie and Fred Thoms

Karen and Lou Cannatti and Cile Ramey


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