The Symphony Since Beethoven | Newberry

The Symphony Since Beethoven

Led by John Gibbons. 8 sessions, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Wednesdays, May 23 - July 18 (class will not meet on July 4)

2 - 4 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $265
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $291.5

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

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Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has 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 Summer 2018 term. 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

Beethoven’s legacy proved an inspiration and obstacle to the next generation of symphonists. They struggled with the implications of Beethoven’s formal innovations, but they managed to infuse the symphonic genre with greatly expanded thematic dimension inspired by the philosophy, literature, and even visual arts that shaped their own experience. Our core repertoire will be the symphonies of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner, and Mahler. Eight sessions.

John Gibbons teaches piano, composition, music theory, and a variety of music appreciation classes for adults. He holds a PhD in music composition from the University of Chicago and is a long-time instructor at the University of Chicago Graham School.

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.