Great Music of the 20th Century at the Park Forest Library: Free Course Premiers Plus More

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The free course “Great Music of the 20th Century” premiers this week at the Park Forest Public Library. (Image: PFPL)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Park Forest Public Library premiers a course series this week: Great Music of the 20th Century. Beginning January 4 and concluding April 12, 2019, adults will have the opportunity to explore the musical “isms” of the 20th century, to immerse themselves in virtually every aspect of music that touched us and continues to move us.

Specifically, the course will take a “chronological approach, the course explores the fascinating gamut of 20th-century musical “isms,” from impressionism and fauvism to serialism, stochasticism, ultraserialism, neo-classicism, neo-tonalism, and minimalism, as well as the inclusivity and synthesis within concert music that embraced Western historical styles, folk and popular music, jazz, rock, Asian, Latin American, and other influences in the service of heightened expression. Through the panoramic view of the course, you’ll discover the genius of composers such as Webern, Antheil, Stockhausen, Bernstein, Takamitsu, and many others.”

As an added bonus, those who attend all sessions will get a chance to win a DVD of the entire series.

Great Music of the 20th Century: Syllabus of Topics

  • Jan 4th – “20th Century Music: Be Afraid No Longer!”, “Setting the Table and Parsing Out Blame”
  • Jan 11th – “Debussy and le francais in Musical Action”, “Russia and Igor Stravinsky”
  • Jan 25th – “Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring”, “The Paradox of Arnold Schoenberg”
  • Feb 1st – “The Emancipation of Melody!”, “The Second Viennese School”
  • Feb 8th – “The ‘New’ Classicism”, “Schoenberg and the 12-Tone Method”
  • Feb 15th – “Synthesis and Nationalism: Bela Bartok”, “America’s Musical Gift”
  • Mar 1st – “American Iconoclasts”, “The World Turned Upside Down”
  • Mar 8th – “Electronic Music and European Ultraserialism”, “Schoenberg in Exile”,
  • Mar 15th – “Stravinsky in America”, “For Every Action an Equal Reaction”
  • Mar 29th – “The California Avant-Garde”, “Rock around the Clock”
  • Apr 5th – “East Meets West; South Meets North”, “Postmordernism: New Tonality and Eclecticism”
  • Apr 12th – “The New Pluralism”, “Among Friends”

This Week at the Park Forest Public Library

The events highlighted below are above and beyond the usual services the library provides. There are technology services, including access to public computers, printing, free Wi-Fi, and more; studying and meeting rooms available; free home delivery services to residents of Park Forest and Olympia Fields; various book drop locations at the library, Park Forest Village Hall, and the Olympia Fields Post Office; and more.

Scheduled activities this week include the following:

Library is Closed – New Year’s Day

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (All day)

Drop-In Craft

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – 12:30 PM

Drop-In kids’ zone today to Explore & Create something special.

Adult Coloring Circle

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Location: Ringering Room

Drop in and unwind. Enjoy coloring and making new friends. All materials provided.

All Day Drop-In Projects

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Location: The Lab 

Stop by Teen Tech Zone for a spur-of-the-moment activity!

Drop-In Craft

Thursday, January 3, 2019 – 12:30 PM

Drop-In kids’ zone today to Explore & Create something special.

U-Pick Teen Movie

Thursday, January 3, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Location: The Lab

Take a break after school with a featured film! Teens get to choose from an assortment of titles rated PG-13 or lower.

The Great Courses: Great Music of the 20th Century

Friday, January 4, 2019 – 11:00 AM

Location: The Lab

Discover a Breathtaking Epoch in Western Music

Taking a chronological approach, the course explores the fascinating gamut of 20th-century musical “isms,” from impressionism and fauvism to serialism, stochasticism, ultraserialism, neo-classicism, neo-tonalism, and minimalism, as well as the inclusivity and synthesis within concert music that embraced Western historical styles, folk and popular music, jazz, rock, Asian, Latin American, and other influences in the service of heightened expression. Through the panoramic view of the course, you’ll discover the genius of composers such as Webern, Antheil, Stockhausen, Bernstein, Takamitsu, and many others.

Jan 4th – “20th Century Music: Be Afraid No Longer!”, “Setting the Table and Parsing Out Blame”

FUN FRIDAY Bracelet Making

Friday, January 4, 2019 – 12:30 PM

Join us for a fun day making winter bracelets.

Ages: 12-under

Teen Game Day

Friday, January 4, 2019 – 3:30 PM

Location: The Lab

Show off your competitive side with your friends! From board games to video games, there will be plenty of fun!

SENSORY STORY TIME!

Monday, January 7, 2019 – 11:00 AM

Join us for an interactive storytime filled with stories, songs, sensory play, and socialization! Children of all abilities are welcome.

If your child has difficulty sitting thorugh one of our other storytimes, this program of stories, songs, and activites might be just what you are looking for.