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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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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Led by John Gibbons. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Essentially defining the musical culture of the nineteenth century, the operas of the Italian Giuseppe Verdi and the German Richard Wagner continue to form the most stable theatrical repertory of the present day. Through their work, Wagner and Verdi both offered...
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Led by Lawrence Axelrod. Four sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Even those passionate about attending “classical” music concerts sometimes hit a stumbling block when it comes to music using a vocabulary beyond that of the late nineteenth century. Through comparative listening, basic score study, and history, this seminar will demystify four of the main paths of classical music...
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Led by Justin Amolsch and Paul Durica. Four sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Whether promising “Happy Days” or inspiring “High Hopes,” songs have been setting the mood and tempo of presidential campaigns since the earliest days of the Republic. Campaign songs offer a sample of the prevailing tastes and styles of a given moment in the history of American music.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Led by Brian Oberlander. Two sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Sneak behind the scenes of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca (1900). From Puccini's inspiration in actress Sarah Bernhardt, who played Tosca in an earlier French drama while on tour in Italy, to the violent social unrest that delayed the opera’s premiere, we will uncover the artistic and social forces that shaped this harrowing composition.