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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., 06/26/2019
E.g., 06/26/2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Led by John Gibbons. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm
Bard. Solitary wanderer. Nationalist hero. Mad genius. Prometheus. Faust. The Romantic era was awash in idealizations of the artist. Using the lives of composers Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann as the basis for an examination of the Romantic period, this course will seek to bring a most fascinating and unruly epoch into focus…
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Led by David Pituch. Four sessions. 1 - 3 pm
Many of the standard conventions of opera as we know them today—use of a libretto, an aria/recitative structure, and the presence of a full orchestra, costumed actors, and elaborate staging—were fully established by the time this new musical genre first appeared in the early 1600s. Yet while operatic conventions have remained the same in certain ways…
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Led by John Nygro. Three sessions. 1 - 4 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
George Gershwin’s music reflects the many influences that surrounded him, including European classical music, American jazz, Yiddish theater music, the songs of New York’s Tin Pan Alley, and early 20th-century experimental music. In this course, we will seek to identify how Gershwin’s music channeled these traditions by examining a range of compositions…