The Music of George Gershwin | Newberry

The Music of George Gershwin

Led by John Nygro. Three sessions. 1 - 4 pm
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Thursdays, August 1 - August 15

1 - 4 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Seminar Description

George Gershwin’s music reflects the many influences that surrounded him, including European classical music, American jazz, Yiddish theater music, the songs of New York’s Tin Pan Alley, and early 20th-century experimental music. In this course, we will seek to identify how Gershwin’s music channeled these traditions by examining a range of compositions, from his expansive orchestral works, to his more intimate piano music, to his numerous songs for Broadway, film, theater, and casual performance. Throughout the course, the seminar leader will provide important background information to further deepen our appreciation of the composer’s work.

Three sessions. E – $210, L – $231

John Nygro is a Chicago-based lecturer, actor, and musician with a forty-year career in the arts. He has given talks at universities, libraries, arts organizations, and on radio.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.