The Revolution in Russian Music from Catherine the Great to Dmitri Shostakovich, 1762 through 1975

Thursday, June 19, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, June 19 – August 7

2 – 4 pm

Led by Stephen Kleiman

Classical music in Russia began a breath-taking assent with the reign and patronage of Catherine the Great. We will explore the incredible musical rise of that period—from Glinka, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich—and reveal its unfortunate fall after the Bolshevik Revolution, and under Stalin’s regime. We will listen to and discuss the music of the time, as well as consider the socio-political environment to which composers had to continually adapt.

Stephen Kleiman holds an M.M. in music composition from the University of Michigan. An orchestra conductor in Europe and former music director of the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., his compositions have recently been performed in Chicago and Boston.

Materials List:

Required Texts:

  • No materials required.


  • A History of Russian Music from Kamarinskaya to Babi Yar (Paperback) by Francis Maes. ISBN-13: 978-0520248250. Note: The Newberry Bookstore has a limited stock of this text. Please remember to call (312) 255-3520 in advance to check current availability.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Eight sessions, $220.
Register Online.