Programs and Events | Newberry

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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E.g., 10/24/2021
E.g., 10/24/2021
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Led by Lawrence Axelrod
This seminar will examine eight works of twentieth- and twenty-first- century classical music that can be hard to approach, focusing on composers from traditionally underrepresented populations, including Ruth Crawford Seeger Kaija Saariaho, Alberto Ginastera, Toru Takemitsu, and George Lewis.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Led by Stephen Kleinman
In person
In this course, we will listen to, analyze, and discuss four masterpieces of orchestral music from the prolific Romantic era. Each piece demonstrates unique characteristics: the composer’s musical style, its impact on Romantic concepts, its national heritage, and how it manifests the complexities that form the enormous repertoire of Romantic orchestral music
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Led by Andrew Schultze.
This seminar traces the development of American music from the American Revolution to the admission of California to the Union. We will explore the influence of English and European music, as well as French, Spanish, Native American, and African American cultural influences.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Led by Kellie D. Brown
In this course, we will focus on the stories of orchestras, composers, and musicians who stubbornly clung to music, wherever and however they could, to preserve their culture, to uplift the human spirit, and to triumph over oppression, even amid incredible tragedy and suffering.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Led by Brian Oberlander. Four sessions.
Explore the sound, construction, and social significance of musical instruments in this global survey: from the bone flutes of the Upper Paleolithic to Tutankhamun’s trumpets, we examine musical instruments as archaeological artifacts.