Upcoming Arts, Music, and Language Seminars | Newberry

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, visit Programs and Events and set the date range to include the seminar’s starting date.

Starting February 16, 2016
Tuesdays, February 16 - April 19
This seminar is full. Please call for waitlist.
Led by Stephen Kleiman
Seminar Description In “The Keys to 400 Years of Keyboard Music” our syllabus will comprise piano pieces by Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, the Schumanns, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Debussy, Ravel, and Liszt; early Baroque keyboard works by Couperin...
Starting February 18, 2016
Thursdays, February 18 - April 28 (class will not meet March 24)
Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700.
Led by Susan Pezzino
Seminar Description Looking for an enjoyable way to start studying French or to improve your French pronunciation? This laid-back course, intended for students at any level of proficiency, will use the vocabulary of fine food and wine to help you...
Starting February 20, 2016
Saturdays, February 20 - April 16 (class will not meet March 26)
This class has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
Led by Regina Compton
Seminar Description Handel’s earliest biographer described him as a man with a “noble spirit of independency.” Today, however, we might describe him as a hothead. Handel fought a duel with a leading German musician; he threatened to throw a soprano...
Starting February 20, 2016
Saturdays, February 20 - April 2 (class will not meet March 26)
Online registration is closed. Please call to register.
Led by Margaret Farr
Seminar Description Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse were the towering artistic geniuses of the first half of the twentieth century, and their legacies are still apparent. The two were friends and rivals, and their artistic production reflects this...
Starting February 24, 2016
Wednesdays, February 24 - March 23
This seminar is full. Please call for waitlist.
Led by Lesa Dowd
Seminar Description Plain and decorative papers have been incorporated into book coverings for centuries. From simple blue wrappers to more embellished paste, printed, and marbled designs, paper has been both an economical and a beautiful covering...
Starting February 24, 2016
Wednesdays, February 24 - April 13
Led by David Pituch
Seminar Description The musical dramas of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, 15.5 hours in length, are among the most distinguished and enduring works of music in Western culture. Through listening and watching, we will explore the genesis and...
Starting February 24, 2016
Wednesdays, February 24 - April 13
Led by John Gibbons
Seminar Description Twentieth-century music is no longer “contemporary” music; it has become yet another complex and multifaceted notch along the continuum of musical history. We can now examine with reasonable objectivity the influence and...
Starting February 25, 2016
Thursdays, February 25 - April 14
Led by Stephen Kleiman
Seminar Description In this seminar, we will explore the development of film music, from its inception to the 1960s. Originally appearing as a mere background accompaniment, movie music was eventually deployed to enhance atmosphere or elicit...
Starting February 25, 2016
Thursdays, February 25 - April 14
This class has been cancelled.
Led by Guy Marco
Seminar Description In the second half of the nineteenth century, Italian classical music was almost exclusively operatic. Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, and Leoncavallo created masterworks that are still in the international repertoire. In the twentieth...
Starting February 27, 2016
Saturdays, February 27 - April 23 (class will not meet April 16)
This seminar is full. Please call for waitlist.
Led by Jeffrey Nigro
Seminar Description In this seminar, we will focus on the complex relationship between the realities of art-making in Renaissance Italy, the theoretical musings put forth by critics and artists, and the mythologies surrounding artists and the...
Starting March 2, 2016
Wednesdays, March 2 - April 20 (class will not meet March 30)
Led by Patricia Scanlan
Seminar Description This seminar will explore the rich history of American art and visual culture from the colonial era to the Civil War, a period of dramatic upheaval that witnessed the birth of the new nation, Western expansion, and an...
Starting March 3, 2016
Thursdays, March 3 - April 7
Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700.
Led by John Nygro
Seminar Description Participants will listen to and discuss important music composed from the 12th through 15th centuries from the bawdy and satirical pieces in the original Carmina Burana to the emotional expressions of courtly love of the...
Starting March 3, 2016
Thursdays, March 3 - April 7
Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700.
Led by Steven Venturino
Seminar Description Silent movies are much more than simply “movies without sound.” Rather, they represent a distinct art form. This seminar invites you to watch and discuss 12 international masterpieces of the silent film era, including examples of...
Starting March 12, 2016
Saturdays, March 12 - April 23 (class will not meet March 26)
This class has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
Led by Salvatore Calomino and James L. Zychowicz
Seminar Description In this seminar we will explore the continued relevance of Gustav Mahler’s music and the historical context in which the conductor composed his own works. Mahler’s innovations as a conductor are as modern as his work as a...
Starting April 2, 2016
Saturdays, April 2 - April 23
This seminar is full. Please call for waitlist.
Led by Barb Korbel
Seminar Description Limp bindings (coverings without stiff boards) have a long history. They have been in use since the advent of the codex in the second century. Typically covered with vellum or paper, these lightweight structures were quickly...