‘Work- tirement’ topic of 2013 Bigwood Lecture [UPDATED]Published 6:36am Monday, March 18, 2013 Updated 8:41am Monday, March 18, 2013
A lively commentary by Chris Farrell about “Work-tirement: How Aging Boomers Will Change the Way the Younger Generation Thinks about Work and the Good Life,” will be the main feature of the 2013 Bigwood Lecture at M State-Fergus Falls. Opening the April 2 event is a presentation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy Opus 80 at 7 p.m.
Farrell is a familiar voice to fans of public radio, where he was the host and executive editor of “Right on the Money,” a nationally syndicated personal finance series produced by Twin Cities Public Television.
The “Work-tirement” topic will appeal to both those coming out of college and boomers reaching retirement.
“The lesson that comes out of the last 10 years, with two bear markets and two recessions, is that people will have to work longer,” Farrell said. “But the younger generation has more in common with those nearing retirement than you might think — they both want to do something with meaning.”
Farrell thinks the later retirement age will give young people a longer span to consider different career options. Out of college a person might start out growing their expertise, and apply that to the private sector or the government sector, or even change careers.
Participants are encouraged to come with questions for Farrell for a discussion period after his presentation.
Farrell, of St. Paul, is a lively commentator on the major issues of the day and a frequent speaker on economics and personal finance. He is a senior economics contributor for the nationally syndicated public radio program Marketplace, produced by American Public Media.
Farrell is also a columnist for Bloomberg Business Week, Next Avenue and the Star Tribune and the author of three books, most recently “The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better.” He is a graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics.
The Bigwood program will begin with a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy featuring M State student pianist Johanna Becker, the Chamber Chorale under the direction of M State Choral director Teresa Ashworth and the chamber orchestra directed by Laurie Strom.
“It will start with a small string group orchestra leading into the piano solo,” Ashworth said. “Johanna is an exceptional student with a wonderful work ethic. We haven’t had a student of her capabilities in a long time.”
The college is excited to present the piece with its new Bechstein grand piano, a top European concert instrument.
“The melody will be very familiar to the audience because it sounds like ‘Ode to Joy,’” Ashworth said. “The finale includes the addition of a 50-member choir that includes professional singers and students.”
Singing solos in the choir include Everette Jacobson, bass; Dale Hanson, baritone; Dennis Johnson, tenor; Joni Wasberg, Alto; Deborah Embretson, mezzo soprano; and Harriet Wicklund, soprano.
The melody for the 15-minute Choral Fantasy presentation will be sung in German, as Beethoven originally wrote it.
The 21st annual Bigwood Lecture begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 with the concert, immediately followed by the lecture by Chris Farrell, in Legacy Hall on the M State- Fergus Falls campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Bigwood Lecture is endowed by Otter Tail Power Company in honor of the late Robert M. Bigwood, the longtime power company president and board chairman who was instrumental in establishing the community college in Fergus Falls and Fergus Area College Foundation.