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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, June 9, 2015
Tuesdays, June 9 – August 4
Andiamo in Italia: An Italophile’s Travel Course
Led by Susan Pezzino

Seminar Description

Whatever the passione that has made you an italophile—fine art, architecture, music, film, fashion, gastronomy, or shopping—this seminar is intended for you. Our classroom role-play of real-life travel situations and presentation of high-frequency language patterns will prepare you for a more...


Starting: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Tuesdays, June 9 – August 4 (class will not meet July 7; we will meet from 6:15 – 8:15 pm on June 16)
Best Addresses: Notable Residential Streets in Chicago
Led by Diane Dillon

Seminar Description

Through a series of walking tours, we will explore some of Chicago’s best addresses —streets known for significant domestic architecture, notable residents, or historical events. Examples will be drawn from a variety of neighborhoods, including Prairie Avenue, the Gold Coast, Streeterville, Lake Shore East, Lakeview, and Hyde Park...


Starting: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Wednesdays, June 10 – July 29
Degenerate Music in the Nazi Era
Led by John Gibbons

Seminar Description

In the twentieth century, music audiences split into the traditional and the avant-garde. Composers who were prominent in one world were usually unacceptable in the other. Today this divide continues, with many concert audiences listening only reluctantly to music of the past hundred years. This seminar is an opportunity to explore key...


Starting: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Wednesdays, June 10 – July 22 (class will not meet July 15)
This course is full. Call (312) 255-3700 for the waitlist.
The Golden Age: Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt
Led by Jeffrey Nigro

Seminar Description

The Dutch Golden Age of the seventeenth century witnessed a flourishing of the visual arts in a prosperous and proudly independent nation. No longer thought of as simple “realism,” Dutch art is now appreciated for its complexity and sophistication. This seminar will explore Dutch artists’ creativity and virtuosity in what...


Starting: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Tuesdays, June 16 – August 4
Leonard Bernstein: His Life, Music, Contribution, and Legacy
Led by Stephen Kleiman

Seminar Description

Leonard Bernstein was one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. We will explore his career as a conductor and composer, as well as his life as a vibrant, controversial man of his time. This seminar not only will examine Bernstein’s symphonies, choral works, concertos, ballets, chamber music and, yes, even ...


Starting: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Tuesdays, June 16 – July 21
Let's Go Shopping! Zola's Octave Mouret Novels
Led by Debra Mancoff

Seminar Description

Octave Mouret, gifted seducer in Émile Zola’s novels Pot Luck (Pot-Bouille) and The Ladies’ Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames), had an advantage over his rivals in mid-nineteenth-century Paris. He knew what women wanted and, as the owner of the largest department...


Starting: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Wednesdays, June 17 – August 5
Jazz: A Listener's Guide
Led by Karl Seigfried

Seminar Description

Gain a deeper understanding of America’s original music from a listener’s perspective. Learn about the great musicians of the jazz tradition, explore the music’s fascinating social history, and discover Chicago’s unique contributions to the art form. We will study the development of early jazz in New...


Starting: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Thursdays, June 18 – August 6
A Romance Within: Recapturing the Music of the Nineteenth Century
Led by Stephen Kleiman

Seminar Description

This seminar will explore the intense passion with which nineteenth-century composers expressed their ideas about life’s meaning through music. Myths, folklore, sacred texts, and great literature will guide us as we sample the music of Wagner, Berlioz, Brahms, Chopin, Stephen Foster, Franck, Grieg, Liszt, Mahler, Mussorgsky...


Starting: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Thursdays, June 18 – August 6
The Rise and Demise of the Piano Concerto
Led by Guy Marco

Seminar Description

For 150 years the piano concerto was a prominent genre. Masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and others were highlights of the concert stage. But in the twentieth century interest began to fade, and in the past 50 years not a single new concerto has gained a place in the canon. We will consider how the...


Starting: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Saturdays, June 20 – August 1 (class will not meet July 4)
Vincent van Gogh: Artist and Legend
Led by Margaret Farr

Seminar Description

The 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death offers a fresh opportunity to reconsider the artist in light of recent research, including a comprehensive online edition of his letters and a monumental biography. What are the relationships between van Gogh’s words, life, and work, and how can we excavate the art from the...