Symphonic Tune-Up: The Listener’s Guide to the Symphony

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, June 11 – July 30

2 – 4 pm

Led by Stephanie Ettelson

This course is “Music 101” for the novice listener and a great vocabulary refresher for the inveterate concertgoer. The three “B’s” —Bach, Beethoven and Brahms—will play prominent roles, as will Haydn and Mozart, the masters who established the prototype for the classical genres we know as the symphony and the concerto. Historical background will establish context for the progression through the Baroque, Classic, and Romantic periods, development of the modern orchestra, the evolving role of the conductor, the parameters of interpretation, and the value of music criticism. Tools for effective listening will have consistent presence in each session.

Stephanie Ettelson has offered preconcert lectures and classes on symphonic and chamber music for more than four decades. She is an orchestral and chamber music violinist, arts writer, and music reviewer.

Materials List
Required:
No materials required.

Recommended:
Bernstein, Leonard. The Joy of Music. Amadeus Press, 2004. ISBN: 9781574671049
Forney, Kristine and Joseph Machlis. The Enjoyment of Music. W.W. Norton & Company, 2011. ISBN: 9780393935202
The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music. Ed. Don Michael Randel.; ISBN: 9780674009783
OR
The Harvard Brief Dictionary of Music. Eds. Willi Apel and Ralph Daniel. ISBN: 9781567310979
OR
Music Dictionary 101 app (free download)

This class is a 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.