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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for scholars, teachers, and the general public. Unless otherwise noted, events are free, and no reservations are required. Many of our programs are recorded, and you can listen to them on our website.

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E.g., 08/24/2019
E.g., 08/24/2019
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Led by Stephen Kleiman. Eight sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Leonard Bernstein once declared, “The 20th century has been a badly written drama from the beginning.” Devoted to one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, this seminar follows Leonard Bernstein through the decades in his roles as composer, conductor, educator, philanthropist, and social activist…
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Led by Dr. Brian Oberlander. Six sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Participants in this course will view three Mediterranean civilizations through the lens of their music and culture. We will see how the musical remnants of ancient Greece are deeply rooted in the culture’s philosophy and mythology, while the songbooks of medieval Castile and the courtly suites of Moorish Granada reveal the Iberian peninsula’s fabled religious diversity…
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Led by John Gibbons. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
The towering spiritual and cultural achievements of the Baroque era are nobly reflected in the work of Bach and Handel (both born in 1685). From Bach, we are bequeathed secular masterpieces of intensity, poetry, intellectual rigor, and breathtaking spiritual achievement, such as the oratorios. More grandiose and yet remarkably direct and communicative, Handel’s art is represented by…
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Led by Jeff Nigro & John Nygro. Three sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
This class has been cancelled.
Celebrate the glories of Venetian art and music from the city’s Renaissance heyday through its Baroque period and the cultural flowering of the late Republic. Each session of this course will involve presentations by the instructors and group discussions of select works of art and music…
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Led by Dr. Kevin Kaufmann. Four sessions. 10 am - noon.
Chicago boasts a rich and diverse history of music, which runs the gamut from Blues and Rock to Gospel and Folk. As the city grew from a small hamlet to a major metropolis, it was folk music especially that provided a sound track to the journey. This seminar will focus on the development of folk music in Chicago, focusing on…
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Led by John Nygro. Three sessions. 1 - 4 pm.
This class has been cancelled.
Whether you are a seasoned concert-goer or want to develop your nascent understanding of classical music, this seminar will expand your ability to get more out of the music you love. Everyone can become a better listener by using each of the five senses, increasing awareness of individual prejudices, and understanding the value of a pieces’ context, purpose, and production…