Wonderlust Preludes & Performances enrich your appreciation of the vast cultural opportunities in our area by offering you insights into the creation and presentation of visual, musical, theatrical and other arts.


Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Great Room, MSU Alumni Foundation 1501 11th Ave., Bozeman

NOTE: Parking in MSU lots is free after 6 p.m.

Maestro Matthew Savery, music director and conductor of the Bozeman and Wyoming Symphony Orchestras, will guide you through the architecture and the meaning behind one of Gustav Mahler’s most treasured masterpieces—his Symphony No. 2 in C minor, better known as The Resurrection Symphony. Learn why Mahler was a giant of the late Romantic composers and why his music still captivates the world. Free and open to the public through the MSU Wonderlust/MSU Alumni Foundation partnership. Light refreshments served. Registration is not required. The Bozeman Symphony will perform The Resurrection Symphony on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at Willson Auditorium, 404 W. Main, Bozeman.

Presenter: Matthew Savery

SaveryMatthew Savery serves as Music Director and Conductor for the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, and as the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. He enjoys an ever-expanding reputation for his career as an electrifying performer, dedicated orchestra builder, and charismatic teacher. Maestro Savery has led performances with more than 50 orchestras throughout the U.S., Canada, Italy, Turkey, and Ukraine. As a passionate advocate for living composers, he has commissioned more than 30 new works.


Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust