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Upcoming Arts, Music, and Language Seminars

This list is of upcoming seminars only. Since most seminars meet more than once in a term, if a class has already met at least once, it will no longer show up on this list. To find a seminar that has already started or has finished, use the calendar and set the date range to include the seminar's starting date.

Starting: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursdays, September 18 - November 20
Twentieth Century Classical Music: Evolution, Revolution, or Bust
Led by Stephen Kleiman

Was the twentieth century a musical wasteland from which emerged a plethora of inspired ideas but only a few that can stand the test of time? Or was it a wonderland of new sounds and images that have inspired and enriched the music of today? We will investigate the divergence of twentieth-century classical music and gain an understanding of the ways in which technology, Romanticism, classicism...

Starting: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursdays, September 25 – November 13
Queen of Instruments: The Violin and Its Music
Led by Guy A. Marco

Traceable to the harp and lyre of antiquity, as well as to the medieval fiddle, the violin began to acquire its present shape and character in the seventeenth century. At first it was an ensemble instrument, but its possibilities as a solo instrument were soon recognized. Major composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have written sonatas and concertos for the violin, and virtuoso...

Starting: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesdays, September 30 - November 18
Late Romanticism: Bridge to the Twentieth Century and Modern Music
Led by Stephanie Ettelson

The generation of composers born in the 1860s and 70s contributed to the evolutionary process of classical music by pushing the limits of the traditional concepts of form, harmony, rhythm, and even melody. Compositions were inspired by extra-musical content including literary elements, autobiography, sensual intoxication, and “nature” pictures. Orchestral forces grew to such gargantuan size...

Starting: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursdays, October 2 - November 13
Beyond Llewyn Davis: The Folk Music Revival
Led by June Sawyers

In 2013, the Coen brothers released Inside Llewyn Davis, their critically-acclaimed homage to the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960s. It offered an incisive portrait of that moment in American cultural life. Inspired by the film, this course will examine the American folk revival from its left-wing 1930s roots to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, and up to the latest...