Calendar

E.g., 06/23/2015
E.g., 06/23/2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Andiamo in Italia: An Italophile’s Travel Course

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Whatever the passione that has made you an italophile—fine art, architecture, music, film, fashion, gastronomy, or shopping—this seminar is intended for you. Our classroom role-play of real-life travel situations and presentation of high-frequency language patterns will prepare you for a more enjoyable and authentic exploration of Italian language and culture. Participants should…

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Best Addresses: Notable Residential Streets in Chicago

6:15 – 7:45 pm

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 for waitlist.

Through a series of walking tours, we will explore some of Chicago’s best addresses —streets known for significant domestic architecture, notable residents, or historical events. Examples will be drawn from a variety of neighborhoods, including Prairie Avenue, the Gold Coast, Streeterville, Lake Shore East, Lakeview, and Hyde Park. We will pay special attention to how residential …

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Golden Age: Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt

5:45 – 7:45 pm

This course is full. Call (312) 255-3700 for the waitlist.

The Dutch Golden Age of the seventeenth century witnessed a flourishing of the visual arts in a prosperous and proudly independent nation. No longer thought of as simple “realism,” Dutch art is now appreciated for its complexity and sophistication. This seminar will explore Dutch artists’ creativity and virtuosity in what were thought of as lesser genres in the wider world of art…

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Degenerate Music in the Nazi Era

2 – 4 pm

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 for waitlist.

In the twentieth century, music audiences split into the traditional and the avant-garde. Composers who were prominent in one world were usually unacceptable in the other. Today this divide continues, with many concert audiences listening only reluctantly to music of the past hundred years. This seminar is an opportunity to explore key figures of post-Romantic German and…

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Let's Go Shopping! Zola's Octave Mouret Novels

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Octave Mouret, gifted seducer in Émile Zola’s novels Pot Luck (Pot-Bouille) and The Ladies’ Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames), had an advantage over his rivals in mid-nineteenth-century Paris. He knew what women wanted and, as the owner of the largest department store in the city, he could deliver the goods. Through his rise from a salesman to the sovereign of style in Paris…

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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Leonard Bernstein: His Life, Music, Contribution, and Legacy

2 – 4 pm

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

Leonard Bernstein was one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. We will explore his career as a conductor and composer, as well as his life as a vibrant, controversial man of his time. This seminar not only will examine Bernstein’s symphonies, choral works, concertos, ballets, chamber music and, yes, even West Side Story, but will also delve into his impact as an interpreter of...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Jazz: A Listener's Guide

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Gain a deeper understanding of America’s original music from a listener’s perspective. Learn about the great musicians of the jazz tradition, explore the music’s fascinating social history, and discover Chicago’s unique contributions to the art form. We will study the development of early jazz in New Orleans, the swing era, bebop, fusion, and more. No previous familiarity...

Thursday, June 18, 2015
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The Rise and Demise of the Piano Concerto

2 – 4 pm

For 150 years the piano concerto was a prominent genre. Masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and others were highlights of the concert stage. But in the twentieth century interest began to fade, and in the past 50 years not a single new concerto has gained a place in the canon. We will consider how the concerto developed and changed, and why it is disappearing…

Thursday, June 18, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
A Romance Within: Recapturing the Music of the Nineteenth Century

5:45 – 7:45 pm

This seminar will explore the intense passion with which nineteenth-century composers expressed their ideas about life’s meaning through music. Myths, folklore, sacred texts, and great literature will guide us as we sample the music of Wagner, Berlioz, Brahms, Chopin, Stephen Foster, Franck, Grieg, Liszt, Mahler, Mussorgsky, and Schubert, among others. Each class …

Saturday, June 20, 2015
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Vincent van Gogh: Artist and Legend

10 am – noon

The 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death offers a fresh opportunity to reconsider the artist in light of recent research, including a comprehensive online edition of his letters and a monumental biography. What are the relationships between van Gogh’s words, life, and work, and how can we excavate the art from the myth? This course will address this complex…