Wonderful Town 2: Musical Life in New York Since 1930 | Newberry

Wonderful Town 2: Musical Life in New York Since 1930

Led by Guy Marco. Eight sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Thursdays, February 15 - April 5

2 - 4 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $250
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $275

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

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

This is the second of two seminars covering the people, organizations, and events of music in New York City. We will study the era from 1930 to recent times, hearing the big bands, great songwriters, and eminent jazz artists. We will also explore the golden age at the Metropolitan Opera, distinguished conductors at the Philharmonic, brilliant Broadway musicals, and all styles of popular music. You do not need to have taken “Wonderful Town 1” to attend this course. Eight sessions.

Guy A. Marco (BMus, American Conservatory of Music; PhD, University of Chicago) has taught in 11 universities and written or edited 50 books. He has led Newberry seminars since 1996.

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.