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 September 12, 2015
Saturdays, September 12 – November 14
Led by Diane Dillon
Seminar Description Through a series of walking tours, we will explore Chicago’s public art riches, including murals, commemorative statues, architectural sculpture, commercial decorations, and park designs. We will pay special attention to the role...
Starting September 17, 2015
Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
This class is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be placed on the waiting list.
Led by Stephen Kleiman
Seminar Description Orchestra music is by far the most complex form for any composer. A profound understanding of some of the greatest orchestral works can illuminate the composer’s inspiration, revealing how he or she put a piece of music together...
Starting September 19, 2015
Saturdays, September 19 - November 7
Led by David Pituch
Seminar Description While the “melting pot” metaphor is often used to describe the process of acculturation in the United States, American art and culture have always borne influences from a range of diverse traditions. Through a close examination...
Starting September 29, 2015
Tuesdays, September 29 - November 17
Led by Stephanie Ettelson
Seminar Description Chamber music is often erroneously perceived as stuffy, high-brow, and completely separate from the symphonic experience. In fact, compositions for small ensemble (trios, quartets, etc.) are some of the most accessible and...
Starting September 29, 2015
Tuesdays, September 29 - December 1
Online Registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Led by Stephen Kleiman
Seminar Description Although much of his work was unpopular during his lifetime, Johannes Brahms has proven a pivotal figure in Romantic music. Composed amid a clash between conservative, traditional German music and the more innovative style of the...
Starting October 1, 2015
Thursdays, October 1 - November 19
Led by Guy Marco
Seminar Description Italian composers and performers have been enriching musical life since the Middle Ages. In this seminar—the first of two—we will sample contributions by such composers as Palestrina, Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Corelli, Vivaldi,...
Starting October 6, 2015
Tuesdays, October 6 - November 10
This class is full and online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to be placed on the waiting list.
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 has become appreciated for its...
Starting October 6, 2015
Tuesdays, October 6 - November 24
Led by Patricia Scanlan
Seminar Description World War I ushered in profound changes in American society and culture. Studying diverse materials ranging from recruitment posters and propaganda films to paintings, novels, periodicals, and sheet music, we will analyze how the...
Starting October 6, 2015
Tuesdays, October 6 - 27
Led by Shawn Keener
Seminar Description In Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier, musical skill, especially singing, is exalted as a worthy accomplishment. Italian Renaissance song—with the madrigal at its core—was an intimate marriage of music and poetry, and...
Starting October 8, 2015
Thursdays, October 8 - November 19 (class will not meet October 22)
Led by Margaret Farr
Seminar Description Originally launched as a protest against the entrenched and outdated policies of the French Academy, the leading art institution of the day, Impressionism is now seen as a movement chiefly preoccupied with leisure subjects and...
Starting October 31, 2015
Saturdays, October 31 - November 21
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Led by Barbara Korbel
Seminar Description Appearing as early as the thirteenth century, the long stitch binding has had a long and decorative history. This binding features exposed sewing, a limp cover (traditionally made of parchment or paper), and a variety of...