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Discover Chicago for Music & Theatre Students

​​​Autumn 2019

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Three sections, all taught by faculty in the School of Music:

  • Joseph Clark (LSP 110/HON 110)
  • Patrick Kaufman (LSP 110)
  • Michael O'Toole (LSP 110)

This course introduces students to the diverse musical offerings in the Chicago metropolitan area. Students will learn about the wide variety of music- and arts-related activities across many genres and musical styles. In addition to the excursions taken during Immersion Week and throughout the Fall Quarter, class discussions will focus on topics central to understanding Chicago's music scene in both its historical and contemporary contexts. Topics will focus on the relevance of the music industry as it relates to musicians, industry professionals, educators, and patrons; including fandom, race, gender, historical changes, music criticism, and current industry developments. Genres will span the diversity of the Chicago music community, including blues, folk, hip-hop, jazz, musical theatre, opera, rock, Western art and classical music, and various music of the world. Sessions will include lectures, open classroom discussion, and guest speakers.

Please note that Immersion Week for "Chicago's Music Scene" will run from Tuesday, Sept. 3, through Saturday, Sept. 7.  (This will allow students to attend auditions scheduled for the following Monday.)

  • LSP 110 open only to students in The School of Music
  • HON110 open only to students in both The School of Music and the University Honors Program

Five sections, all taught by faculty in The Theatre School:

  • Coya Paz Brownrigg (LSP 110/HON 110)
  • Isaac Gomez (LSP 110)
  • Laura Biagi (LSP 110)
  • Dean Corrin (LSP 110)
  • Azar Kazemi (LSP 110)

Chicago is the second largest theatre center in the United States. Productions and artists nurtured in Chicago’s theatres regularly receive attention and acclaim nationally and internationally. However, the primary goal of most Chicago theatrical productions is to connect with audiences from Chicago and its surroundings. Chicago theatre companies produce a varied assortment of plays and communicate with audiences drawn from many different communities. This class will look at the work of some of Chicago’s theatre companies and examine how they connect to and create communities in the city. What specific communities are served by the theatres (economic, ethnic, political, social)? How do theatre makers interact with their communities and with their colleagues? How does ethical theatre making impact both the product and the process of theatre makers? By examining Chicago’s theatrical activity, we hope to be able to better understand the way the various communities that make up the city interact on a variety of levels.

  • LSP 110 open only to students in The Theatre School
  • HON 110 open only to students in both The Theatre School and the University Honors Program