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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for lifelong learners, students, teachers, scholars, and genealogy researchers. Please visit the individual program pages below for information about how to register in advance.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Led by Roger Pines. 5 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Opera lovers, take note! This seminar introduces attendees to legends of operatic singing, many of whom have been unjustly forgotten…
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Led by John Gibbons. 8 sessions, 2 - 4 pm
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…
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Led by Guy Marco. 8 sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
An operetta is a musical work for the stage, with songs and spoken dialogue, and a light-hearted romantic plot in a faraway setting. We will hear selections from the operettas of Jacques Offenback (inventor of the genre), Johann Strauss, Jr., Gilbert and Sullivan…
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Led by John Nygro. 4 sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled
Beyond his most famous violin concertos in The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi’s works reveal an ability to express a wide range of emotion, a gift for writing attractive melodies, and a remarkable ability to capture a dramatic moment…
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Led by Stephen Kleiman. 6 sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This class will be a detailed look at musical instruments: where they came from, what they look like, how they are used, what family they are part of, what they sound like alone and when played with other instruments…
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Led by Stephanie Ettelson. 8 sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
The symphonic repertoire goes beyond absolute music, where only the notes have intrinsic meaning. It includes many compositions with stories to tell, scenes to portray, or even dreams to evoke…
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Led by David Pituch. 1 session, 10 am - 4 pm (1 hour lunch)
This seminar has been cancelled.
American music has always been engaged with the catch-22 of cultural assimilation versus cultural diversity. By examining the fusion within American music, we will consider American cultivated and vernacular music from pre-colonial times to the present…