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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: 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...

Starting: Saturday, November 15, 2014
November 15 - 22 (November 22 session will meet at the Garfield Park Conservatory)
Tour of Garfield Park Conservatory
Led by John Raffetto

The Garfield Park Conservatory on Chicago’s West Side was the concept of Prairie School landscape architect Jens Jensen. At the time of its completion in 1908, the conservatory was considered revolutionary for the presentation of its plant collection, including its themed rooms such as the beautifully designed Fern Room. We will focus on the history, as well as the current and future usage, of...