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Course B. Monumental Music

Alumnae Continuing Education
Norris University Center
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 at 12:45 PM (CT) to Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020 at 2:45 PM (CT)

Course B. Monumental Music

Tuesdays, 12:45-2:45 p.m.

Instructor: Stephen Alltop, Senior Lecturer, Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music

This course meets on Tuesday afternoon beginning on January 7th.

There will be no class on February 25th.

Note: The March 3, 2020 class will be held in Alice Millar Chapel.

Jan. 7 Antonio Vivaldi: Genius for all Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi was a giant of the Baroque age, composing a wide variety of genres and over 500 concertos for many combinations of instruments. He possessed gifts of extraordinary imagination and invention, yet much of his best music is not widely known.

Jan. 14 Frederic Chopin: Poet of the Piano

Frederic Chopin embodied ideals of the Romantic age and elevated piano performance and composition to new heights.

Jan. 21 (Please Note: Earlier start time at 12:30 p.m. for this session only) Arturo Toscanini: Indomitable Maestro

Arturo Toscanini did much to establish the model of the modern conductor. A pioneer in the budding world of phonograph recordings, his tyrannical personality and exacting standards brought about both artistic glory and significant turmoil.

Jan. 28 Music and Ballet

Ballet has brought about some of the most beloved and compelling music of all time. The colorful history of choreographed dance and composition is rich with both tradition and controversy.

Feb. 4 Music and Animals: A Carnival of Connections

Music and animals interact in countless ways, some obvious and others less so. From bow hair to strings, bird song to countless imaginative compositions, music is deeply influenced by our friends in the animal kingdom.

Feb. 11 Music and Leaders

From Napoleon to Stalin, Paderewski to Eisenhower, people in power have influenced music in countless ways. This will be a discussion of the dramatic and sometimes amusing connections between composers and world leaders.

Feb. 18 Monteverdi’s Orfeo: Opera Comes Alive

Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo is often credited as being the first opera. The brilliance of the libretto and music are as timeless and moving today as they were in 1607. This lecture previews the May 2020 Dunbar Early Music Festival devoted to Music of Claudio Monteverdi, with a fully staged production of Orfeo.

Feb. 25 NO CLASS

Mar. 3 Music and Architecture (Class will be held in Alice Millar Chapel.)

This lecture examines the crucial role that architecture and great buildings have played in the performance and commissioning of musical works.

Mar. 10 Music and Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is a giant of the literary and theatrical realms, yet also holds a significant place in the musical world as well. In addition to the many musical elements in his own works, he has inspired countless composers for over four centuries.

Stephen Alltop serves on the Conducting Faculty of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, and as Director of Music at Alice Millar Chapel. His other appointments include Music Director and Conductor of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Music Director and Conductor of the ChampaignUrbana Symphony Orchestra and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Green Lake Choral Festival. In recent seasons he has coordinated the WFMT Bach Organ Project and Bach Keyboard Festival, collaborated with Chicago Opera Theater in productions featuring the Apollo Chorus and presented on leadership for the Kellogg School of Management. Dr. Alltop has appeared as a harpsichord and organ soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and as a guest conductor with ensembles across the United States, Europe and South Korea.


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Information is subject to change. Full course and policy descriptions are available at www.nualumnae.org

***One ticket per class, per account.

Course Pricing

One nine-week course $190.00

Discounts for Multiple Registrations for an Individual

Individuals who register for multiple courses may receive discounts on each additional course after the first:

To register for two nine-week courses at the special price of $355.00, select the 2-Course Package.

To register for three nine-week courses at the special price of $520.00, select the 3-Course Package.

To register for four nine-week courses at the special price of $685.00, select the 4-Course Package.


Your email confirmation from Norris Box Office verifies your registration but it is not your entry to class. Be sure to bring your class entry card to each class as it must be shown to the proctors at the entry door. In order to guarantee seating for registered students, those without their card will be given a temporary entry card, but ONE time only. After that one time, a replacement card will be provided at a fee of $30.00.

Refund Policy: Before a refund can be issued, your course card must be returned and the cancellation fee must be purchased on this website. Send your entry card to Alumnae Continuing Education, P.O. Box 2789, Glenview, IL 60025.

Applicable Fees and Withdrawal Schedule:
If the withdrawal request is received prior to the first class, the refund of the original registration will be initiated only after the registrant purchases a $10.00 cancellation processing fee.

If the withdrawal request is received after the first class, but before the second class, the refund of the the original registration will be initiated only after the registrant purchases both the $10.00 cancellation processing fee and the $30.00 per diem fee, per course dropped.

If the withdrawal request is received after the second class, but before the third class, the refund of the original registration will be initiated only after the registrant purchases the $10.00 cancellation processing fee and $60.00 in per diem fees, per course dropped.


  • No refunds will be given after the second class.
  • Credits are not given for future classes.
  • A transfer at no cost to another class offered during the same quarter is an option provided there is space available.
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Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive Evanston, IL 60208

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