The Russians Are Coming: Repression in Russian Music, from Tchaikovsky to Shostakovich (Virtual)

Wednesday, February 8, 2023-Wednesday, March 15, 2023

6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Six Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description
You don’t need to be a Russophile to appreciate Russian music. 19th- and 20th-century Russian music is some of the most brilliant, moving, and technically difficult of all time. We Westerners know little about the roots of this vast body of work.

Russia was a late bloomer in developing traditional classical music due to suppression by the Orthodox Church. Peter The Great saw European music as a mark of civilization and a way of westernizing his country. He began his focus on European music. Repression of Russian art and music continues to this day.

Our class will journey through Russian music history from the 1800s through late 20th century. We will be guided by the music and lives of Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and others using the visual arts, audio media, contemporary readings, and performances of their music. This is a class for music aficionados and those who would just like to explore a musical heritage little known to many Westerners.
Six Sessions. $235/$210. Led by Glenn Derringer

Registration Fees

Registration is $235

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

Contact Us
The Adult Education is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.