Spend a Summer Day Studying with Music of the Baroque

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This summer, the University of Chicago Graham School will present three open-to-all Saturday seminars in partnership with Music of the Baroque. The seminars will delve into the artistic and historic trajectory of baroque music to help prepare students for Music of the Baroque’s 2017–2018 season, starting September 16, 2017, and to expand students’ knowledge of the many facets that comprise musical expression from this period.

Elijah: Mendelssohn’s Masterpiece traces the evolution of the oratorio, both English and German, and places Mendelssohn's achievement in its proper context. With musical excerpts, analysis, and a look at relevant history and documents, students will come away ready to encounter this masterpiece.

A History of the Concerto offers a look at a staple genre in the baroque period. Between Vivaldi and Mozart, with special attention given to the season's programmed works, this seminar will provide context for the rich repertory presented by Music of the Baroque.

Intensity, Intimacy, and Innovation: Esther and the St. John Passion explores both the music and the words of these masterpieces, providing a rich context for their appreciation.

For questions about our liberal arts open-to-all courses, please feel free to reach out to us at arts.sciences@uchicago.edu.

Presented by

John Gibbons is a long-time music instructor at the Graham School and holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, Department of Music. His works have been performed at the Rockefeller

Elijah: Mendelssohn’s Masterpiece

Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


A History of the Concerto

Saturday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Intensity, Intimacy, and Innovation: Esther and the St. John Passion

Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.