Henry Purcell: His Life, Times and Legacy | Newberry

Henry Purcell: His Life, Times and Legacy

Led by Andrew Schultze
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Four sessions. Tuesdays, March 8-March 29



Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet both virtually and in the building for the Winter/Spring term. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to adulteducation@newberry.org. Registration opens Wednesday, January 19th at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

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Seminar Description

This seminar is devoted to the English Baroque Composer, Henry Purcell. We will discuss his legacy and his special place in musical history. We will listen to his music, including excerpts from his opera Dido and Aeneas, his Courtly Odes, Church and Theater music, and use contemporary documents and historical accounts to bring the Age of Purcell alive. The selected music, ranging from 17th century works to 20th and 21st century works by Benjamin Britten, The Who and the Pet Shop Boys, is sure to resonate with the participants.

Four. Registration – $195/$175

Andrew Schultze is a performer, music researcher and teacher. He has created programs for the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Newberry Library, Early Music America, National Association of Teachers of Singing and educational institutions around Chicagoland and around the globe.

Materials List


  • No Required Materials

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 19th . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry uses Learning Stream for all Adult Education Seminar registrations. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at adulteducation@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.