Upcoming Arts, Music, and Language Seminars | Newberry

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, visit Programs and Events and set the date range to include the seminar’s starting date.

Starting September 13, 2016
Tuesdays, September 13 - November 8 (class will not meet on October 11)
Led by Stephanie Ettelson
Seminar Description Everyone can have a new and enriched experience with each visit to the concert hall. Believe it or not, one’s listening skills can be improved with just pen and paper. This course resembles “Music 101,” but with a novel twist:...
Starting September 13, 2016
Tuesdays, September 13 - November 1 (class will not meet on October 11)
Led by Jeffrey Nigro and William Phillips
Seminar Description The “dandy” has been a figure in Western social life and culture for over two centuries. Beyond his choices in style and fashion, the dandy creates a persona by playing with notions of individuality, gender, sexuality, and social...
Starting September 13, 2016
Tuesdays, September 13 - November 22 (class will not meet on October 11)
Led by Stephen Kleiman
Seminar Description Every era in music history has produced works that stir our souls, but perhaps none more so than the Belle Époque. This class will provide a look into the music of the astonishingly creative period in Paris that succeeded the...
Starting September 14, 2016
Wednesdays, September 14 - October 26
Led by Patricia Scanlan
Seminar Description This seminar will explore early American art from the colonial period to the Civil War, decades of dramatic upheaval that witnessed the birth of a new nation, Western expansion, and a rapidly changing society. Sessions will focus...
Starting September 14, 2016
Wednesdays, September 14 - October 5
Led by Judy Pomeranz
Seminar Description In this four-week course, we will explore how and why the modernist art movement developed in late-nineteenth-century France and spread to the rest of the world, leaving a host of “ism’s” (Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism)...
Starting September 15, 2016
Thursdays, September 15 - November 17
Led by Susan Pezzino
Seminar Description There are many passiones—fine art, architecture, music, film, fashion, gastronomy, or shopping —that can capture an Italophile’s imagination. This course is intended for those who have prior experience traveling in Italy or...
Starting September 15, 2016
Thursdays, September 15 - October 27 (class will not meet on October 13)
Led by Margaret Farr
Seminar Description The 2016 election season offers an opportunity to explore the historical links between art and politics by considering artworks produced in Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Themes to be considered include...
Starting September 15, 2016
Thursdays, September 15 - November 17
Led by Stephen Kleiman
Seminar Description In this seminar, we will address issues that perplex most music listeners: What makes a great performance? What should we expect of the performer? Why do we find some performances incredible, while performances of the same pieces...
Starting September 20, 2016
Tuesdays, September 20 - November 8
Led by Beatriz Badikian-Gartler
Seminar Description The Harlem Renaissance was a literary and intellectual flowering that fostered a new black cultural identity in the 1920s and 1930s. Writers such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, as well as journalists, visual artists,...
Starting September 21, 2016
Wednesdays, September 21 - October 19
Led by Lesa Dowd
Seminar Description Almanachs were common reference books in Europe and the Americas in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They contained indispensable knowledge such as astronomical data, weather forecasts, and planting information....
Starting September 21, 2016
Wednesdays, September 21 - November 9
Led by John Gibbons
Seminar Description Although Claude Debussy despised the term “Impressionism,” he is regarded as its greatest musical exponent. We will consider the historical development of Impressionism, as well as the specific ways in which Debussy’s radically...
Starting September 21, 2016
Wednesdays, September 21 - October 26
Led by David Pituch
Seminar Description Ludwig van Beethoven is universally viewed as the most disruptive figure in music history. While exhibiting great respect for the Classical music traditions established by Haydn and Mozart, his music also pioneerd the Romantic...
Starting September 21, 2016
Wednesdays, September 21 - November 9
Led by John Gibbons
Seminar Description Some musical masterpieces are relevant not only because of their musical elements but also because of their cultural significance. Such works illuminate key moments in history—moments when music played an especially important...
Starting September 21, 2016
Wednesdays, September 21 - November 16
Led by Karl Seigfried
Seminar Description There’s more to Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung than dragons and swords! This course explores the rich tapestry of materials that Wagner’s operas bring together from mythology, literature, and philosophy. We will trace...
Starting September 22, 2016
Thursdays, September 22 - November 10
Led by Guy Marco
Seminar Description In the second half of the nineteenth century, Italian classical music was almost exclusively operatic. Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, and Leoncavallo created masterworks that still hold a place in the international repertoire. In the...
Starting October 8, 2016
Saturdays, October 8 - November 19 (class will not meet on October 22)
Led by Debra Mancoff
Seminar Description Queen Victoria and her subjects had no need to brush up on their Shakespeare. From picture galleries to popular publications, the visual arts brought the themes and characters of the Bard to life. Explore an intriguing array of...
Starting October 11, 2016
Tuesdays, October 11 - November 22
Led by Debra Mancoff
Seminar Description Artists have always recorded fashion by depicting the dress of their day. But in the nineteenth century, certain artists influenced fashion by inspiring trends, promoting new styles, and even designing garments. This seminar will...
Starting October 22, 2016
Saturdays, October 22 - November 12
Led by Barbara Korbel
Seminar Description An essential part of travel for centuries, the journal served as a record of voyage before the camera, or, in this century, the phone. Adventurers, travelers, scientists, and immigrants kept meticulous notes of their travels and...
Starting October 22, 2016
Saturdays, October 22 - November 12
Led by Regina Compton
Seminar Description The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris inspired polyphonic music as grand as the cathedral itself; Richard Wagner erected a Bayreuth, a theater precisely designed to house his Ring Cycle; and totalitarian Soviet Russia fashioned the...