Chicago's Musical Heritage, 1830-1920

Thursday, June 6, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, June 6 – August 1 (class will not meet July 4)

2 – 4 pm

Led by Guy A. Marco

This is the first of two seminars examining the people, organizations, and events of music in Chicago. The story begins before the city was incorporated in 1837, with dance music heard in local taverns, and will move to popular songs and minstrel shows. We will consider opera, which began in the 1880s, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which gave its first concerts in 1891. At the turn of century there was ragtime and vaudeville, blues and jazz. We will discuss these developments and listen to representative recordings.

Guy A. Marco, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, has taught in eleven universities and written or edited more than fifty reference books. He has led Newberry seminars since 1996.

Materials List
No materials required.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $190
The registration deadline has passed. To register with a $20 late fee, please call (312) 255-3700.