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Winter '21 Course B. Musical Adventures

Alumnae Continuing Education

Course B. Musical Adventures

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 

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

This course meets on Tuesday afternoons beginning on January 12th. The first live lecture has already occurred.

Jan. 12 The Making of Orfeo Remote

An in-depth look at the extraordinary complete opera film created by the Bienen School of Music during COVID-19, updating Monteverdi’s timeless fable in music to the present day.

Jan. 19 Evolution of Music in COVID-19

In overcoming significant challenges to the performing arts brought about by the pandemic, musicians have created beautiful performances and shown towering imagination to share the art they love.

Jan. 26 Great Singers of the Past
Henry Fogel, long-time host of The Collectors’ Corner on WFMT and past Executive Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra joins Stephen Alltop for a discussion of legendary voices and singers, complete with rare recordings.

Feb. 2 Music and Travel
The travel experiences of musicians have profoundly influenced their lives and the music they have written. Around the world, in 80 compositions!

Feb. 9 Music and Mythology
The interaction between music and mythology is multi-faceted: from the importance of music in so many mythological stories to the many operas and pieces drawn from humanity’s immortal tales.

Feb. 16 Important Composers You Need to Know: William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Louis Moreau Gottschalk
A focus on the fascinating lives and highly engaging music of three true originals whose works deserve to be better known: William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Feb. 23 Music and Transportation
Modes of transportation have often been sources of inspiration for many musical works. Boats, cars, trains, planes, sleighs, and other conveyances make appearances in music from Elgar to Honegger, Carissmi to Copland. You’ll be moved by this presentation!

Mar. 2 Music and Incarceration
This discussion will bring light not only to music deriving from or depicting, imprisonment, but also the vital outreach work being done by musicians in prisons throughout the United States.

Mar. 9 Music and Food & Drink
“If music be the food of love...” Gustatorial delights come alive in a variety of delectable compositions. Noting the many musical celebrations of various fermented libations and other treats should bring our series of musical adventures to a satisfying conclusion.

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


• Each 9-week online course is $125.00.  Registration pays for access to a live webinar and limited-time access to a recording of each week’s 90-minute session.

• There are no multi-course discounts.

Per Diem pricing is not available for these courses.


• Registrations can only be purchased online at  A payment card is required.  No other forms of payment can be accepted at this time.  Neither the Norris Box Office nor the Alumnae Continuing Education group can process any other type of registration payment.  There are no exceptions.

• After registering for a course, you should receive a registration confirmation message from  It will be sent to the email address associated with your profile.  Though it is not your entry to the ZOOM class, it is important that you locate the confirmation as soon as possible. If you don't receive an email, it could mean that there is a problem with how the email address is listed in our system.  A typo in your email address could result in the Zoom link being lost.  You can correct your information by logging in at, clicking on your name in the purple bar at the top, and then on Edit Profile.

• To access the first webinar on January 12, your online registration must be completed by midnight, Thursday, January 7, 2021. If you register on January 8 or later, we cannot guarantee timely entry to the course on January 12, the first day.

• Your registration automatically includes temporary access to a recording of each remaining livestream session in the course. You will be sent a separate link with a passcode to give you access to the recording for six days, ending when the next session begins. If you register late, you may not have access to recordings of livestreamed sessions that took place prior to your registration.

Your Zoom link and passcode are specific to your email and may not be shared. Sharing your links may void your registration without refund.

• Given the limitations presented by the pandemic, support from customer service will be limited to email correspondence.  Please use the Help Form for assistance with any service issues.

Linking to Live Sessions

• You will be emailed a Zoom link invitation for each session on the Friday before the session is scheduled to be livestreamed. The invitation will be sent from Norris Box Office <>. You will also receive an email reminder with the link one hour prior to the start of each session. Please check your spam, junk folder, or deleted messages if you don't see the email in your inbox.

• Plan on clicking on the Zoom link and joining the online session at least 10 minutes before the session begins.

Your Zoom link is specific to your email address and may not be shared.

• For a detailed guide on using Zoom, please click on the Alumnae Continuing Education Zoom Guide here.

Limited Access to Recorded Sessions

• If you cannot attend the live-streaming of the session, you may still view the recorded session for a limited time.

• You will be sent a separate link with a passcode to give you access to the recording of the session for six days, ending when the next session begins. 

• Your Zoom link and passcode are specific to your email and may not be shared.

    • Recordings CANNOT be downloaded.

    Refund Policy

    • If you intend to withdraw from a course, you must purchase a $10.00 cancellation fee by Sunday, January 10, 2021. A full refund will be processed to the payment card used for the initial purchase.

    • Registrations purchased after January 10 cannot be refunded.

    • No refunds will be given once the first webinar begins.

    • Credits are not given for future classes.

    • Contact the if you would like to transfer to another class offered during the same quarter.  There is no additional cost.  But you will have to wait until the following week to access the new course links.

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