Our Song is Full of Sorrow: Jewish Music, 1900-1950 | Newberry

Our Song is Full of Sorrow: Jewish Music, 1900-1950

Led by Andrew Schultze. Four sessions. 2 - 4pm.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Saturdays, August 8 - August 29

2 - 4pm

As a precaution to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars Program’s Summer 2020 term will be moving online. Virtual seminars will meet via Zoom video conference and will 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 seminars@newberry.org.

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Seminar Description

This seminar will explore Jewish music and its composers from 1900 to 1950. Alongside popular American Yiddish Theater and Tin Pan Alley songs, we’ll explore opera and liturgical and chamber music by European composers like Milhaud, Bloch, and Schoenberg. We’ll also pay special attention to music composed and performed in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp by inmates Viktor Ullmann, Hans Krasa, and others.

Four sessions. Registration – $195

Andrew Schultze is a performer, teacher, and music researcher. He has taught at Columbia College, Roosevelt University, the Zell an de Pram Early Music Institute, and the University of Chicago. He has presented programs on similar themes at the Spertus Institute and at Chicago Sinai Congregation.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first session.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, June 3.

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 seminars@newberry.org.

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.