A free Wonderlust presentation and reception is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the Museum of the Rockies, which will allow community members to experience and learn more about the program's offerings. Historian Dale Martin will discuss the historical significance of silver in preparation for the Intermountain Opera Association's fall opera "The Ballad of Baby Doe," which is an opera based on Baby Doe Tabor and her life in the silver mining camp of Leadville and Denver, Colo. The presentation will include a behind-the-scenes look at the legend of Baby Doe. A wine and cheese reception follows at 6 p.m.
Wonderlust also offers a free preview of the Intermountain Opera Association's production of "The Ballad of Baby Doe" by Douglas Moore. The preview is 3- 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Pilgrim Congregational Church. Opera performances are on Oct. 9 and 11.
The semester's first six-week course, "Shakespeare: From History to Tragedy," begins Sept. 24 and will be held every Thursday until Dec. 3. The instructor is Jack Kligerman, emeritus professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York.
"Fifth Symphonies through the Ages" begins Sept. 29 and runs six consecutive Tuesdays. MSU professor and composer Eric Funk is the instructor.
A writers' workshop series featuring author Alan Kesselheim meets Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 7 and 28; Nov. 11 and 25, and Dec. 9. A second session begins in January.
"Into the Shadows of World War II" is taught by MSU history instructor David Swingle and begins Nov. 4, running for six consecutive Wednesdays.
All courses are open to the public, but those who become a Wonderlust member receive course discounts, priority enrollment and free entry to other short courses and events. Membership is open to all.
To enroll, call the MSU Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683 or for more information visit http://eu.montana.edu/Wonderlust. Free fall course schedules are available in 204 Culbertson Hall at MSU.
Marilyn Jarvis, (406) 994-4820, firstname.lastname@example.org