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It’s a songbook full of musical offerings on the history, composers and performances offered this spring from Cal State Fullerton’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The free, public programs will be offered from Jan. 19-May 14.

A special spring instrumental recital, featuring OLLI members who are classically trained musicians performing solo works, will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in the Mackey Auditorium and Shapiro Wing of Cal State Fullerton’s Ruby Gerontology Center, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831.

Jazz Series at Florentine’s Grill, features live music performances and a discussion about the history of the genre and a particular theme. Music is provided by Joe Lawton, Mike LeVan and the Docs. Children are welcome. The Saturday 12:30-2:30 p.m. programs are held at Florentine’s Grill, 102. N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, 92832. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The schedule:

  • Feb. 6 — “Bossa Nova and the Blues”
  • March 5 — “Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee”
  • April 9 — “Billie Holiday and George Shearing”
  • May 14 — “Broadway and Movie Musicals”

At Cal State Fullerton, the Musical Performances series showcases the talents of musicians, vocalists and dancers within OLLI, as well as members of University’s School of Music. Performances are held 2:15-3:45 p.m. Tuesdays in the Ruby Gerontology Center’s Mackey Auditorium, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831. The schedule:

  • Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and 23 and March 8 — CSUF faculty and student performances
  • March 22 and April 12 — OLLI instrumentalists and singers

The Great American Songbook: The History of American Music lecture series focuses on the development of American music and composers of some of our most popular songs. The noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday programs are slated for Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and 16, March 1 and 15 and April 5 in Mackey Auditorium of CSUF’s Ruby Gerontology Center, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831.

On-campus parking is $8 for a daily permit Monday through Friday. Parking is free after 5 p.m. Friday and on weekends. Details are available online.

OLLI is a self-supporting University affiliate group of more than 1,700 retired and semiretired individuals dedicated the pursuit of lifelong learning. For more information about the organization, these and other OLLI programs visit the OLLI website.

MEDIA CONTACTS:                    

OLLI, 657-278-2446
Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852