The Building Blocks of Modern Music | Newberry

The Building Blocks of Modern Music

Led by Lawrence Axelrod. Four sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Thursdays, October 1 - October 22

2 - 4 pm

As a precaution to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars Program’s Fall 2020 term will continue to be held virtually. Virtual seminars meet via Zoom video conference and use email and Google Drive folders to share resources and communicate with instructors and participants. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars and these tools, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please feel free to reach out to

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Seminar Description

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 since the early twentieth century: Nationalism, Impressionism, Neo-classicism, and Serialism. Throughout the seminar, participants will be exposed to new ways of listening to and appreciating these types of music.

Four sessions. Registration – $195

Lawrence Axelrod is a composer, pianist, and leader of Opera Adventures. His musical activities have taken him around the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first session of this seminar.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.