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Upcoming Arts, Music, and Language Seminars

This list is of upcoming seminars only. Since most seminars meet more than once in a term, if a class has already met at least once, it will no longer show up on this list. To find a seminar that has already started or has finished, use the calendar and set the date range to include the seminar's starting date.

Starting: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesdays, September 16 - November 18
Great Orchestra Works from Bach to Stravinsky
Led by Stephen Kleiman

Join us as we recognize and explore pieces of music overlooked in the mainstream symphony circuit. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding and appreciation for works such as Bach’s Orchestral Suites, Liszt’s Dante Symphony, and Stravinsky’s Petroushka. Each class will focus on the form, harmonic language, rhythmic significance, and historical context of a...

Starting: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesdays, September 16 – November 18
New schedule and new price!
Music Appreciation through Performance: A Chamber Ensemble
Led by Stephen Kleiman

Note: the length of the course has been shortened to 10 weeks. Schedule information in the printed brochure is no longer accurate.

Do you play a musical instrument and have you been looking for a group to join? Beginning this fall, the Newberry is inaugurating a musical performance seminar in the form of a chamber ensemble, led by conductor and long-time Seminar instructor,...

Starting: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesdays, September 16 - November 18
The French Correction: A Relaxed Approach To Le français
Led by Susan Pezzino

Would you like to try a laid-back and enjoyable way to start studying French or to improve your French pronunciation? This course, intended for participants at any level of proficiency, uses an accepting classroom atmosphere and the vocabulary of fine food and wine to help you decode the French spelling system and pronounce French more easily and accurately.


Starting: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Wednesdays, September 17 – November 12
Picturing the Great War: Conflict, Representation, and Memory in American Visual Culture
Led by Patricia Scanlan

American society and culture underwent profound transformations in the wake of the unprecedented violence, loss, and trauma of World War I. Studying diverse materials from American visual culture such as posters, paintings, illustrations, sheet music, and sculpture, we will analyze how the Great War affected conceptions about battle, the human body, identity, nationalism, and collective memory...

Starting: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursdays, September 18 - November 20
Twentieth Century Classical Music: Evolution, Revolution, or Bust
Led by Stephen Kleiman

Was the twentieth century a musical wasteland from which emerged a plethora of inspired ideas but only a few that can stand the test of time? Or was it a wonderland of new sounds and images that have inspired and enriched the music of today? We will investigate the divergence of twentieth-century classical music and gain an understanding of the ways in which technology, Romanticism, classicism...

Starting: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursdays, September 25 – November 13
Queen of Instruments: The Violin and Its Music
Led by Guy A. Marco

Traceable to the harp and lyre of antiquity, as well as to the medieval fiddle, the violin began to acquire its present shape and character in the seventeenth century. At first it was an ensemble instrument, but its possibilities as a solo instrument were soon recognized. Major composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have written sonatas and concertos for the violin, and virtuoso...

Starting: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesdays, September 30 - November 18
Late Romanticism: Bridge to the Twentieth Century and Modern Music
Led by Stephanie Ettelson

The generation of composers born in the 1860s and 70s contributed to the evolutionary process of classical music by pushing the limits of the traditional concepts of form, harmony, rhythm, and even melody. Compositions were inspired by extra-musical content including literary elements, autobiography, sensual intoxication, and “nature” pictures. Orchestral forces grew to such gargantuan size...

Starting: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursdays, October 2 - November 13
Beyond Llewyn Davis: The Folk Music Revival
Led by June Sawyers

In 2013, the Coen brothers released Inside Llewyn Davis, their critically-acclaimed homage to the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960s. It offered an incisive portrait of that moment in American cultural life. Inspired by the film, this course will examine the American folk revival from its left-wing 1930s roots to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, and up to the latest...