ABOUT: SCHOLARS ON THE CIRCLE
This program is held in collaboration with University Circle institutions, like The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Western Reserve Historical Society, The Music Settlement, Cleveland Play House and others. Classes offer participants access to behind-the-scenes expertise.
To register online, click on the individual course titles listed below.
Richard Strauss: A Sesquicentennial Celebration
Fridays, September 26 - November 21
No class 11/14
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lecture Hall, The Cleveland Museum of Art
Instructor: Donald Rosenberg, Former Music & Dance Critic for The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Editor of EMAg, The Magazine of Early Music America
There is rarely a moment when an opera house or a concert hall doesn’t resonate with the music of Richard Strauss. The German composer expanded the possibilities of the orchestra and the vocal art through works of indelible beauty, color, and magnetism in a career spanning more than half a century. In such tone poems as Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Ein Heldenleben, and Also sprach Zarathustra, Strauss demonstrated a mastery of musical description. He depicted worlds both savage and elegant in his operas, many of which are standard repertoire around the world. On the 150th anniversary for Strauss’s birth, we’ll explore the range of his art including concertos, serenades, and songs and his journey as a composer and conductor during the turbulent first half of the 20th century.
Mondays, October 13 - 27
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Instructors: Clyde Simpson, CMNH Observatory Coordinator, and Jason Davis, CMNH Planetarium Manager
In this short course we won't quite make it to "zodiac," but we will cover topics from asteroids to galaxies to meteorites. Using the Museum's Shafran Planetarium with it's state-of-the-art projection system, we'll tour the solar system and fly out to the most remote reaches of our galaxy and beyond. We'll also use the observatory's vintage 1899 10 1/2 inch refracting telescope to view a projected image of the Sun. Enrollment is limited.
Aesthetics: Philosophical Approaches to Art & Art Appreciation
Tuesdays, October 7 - December 2 (NO CLASS 11/25)
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tinkham Veale University Center, Conference Room 140
Instructor: Michael D. Miller, Ph.D.
In this course, we will consider some fundamental philosophical questions about art and art appreciation. Among these questions are the following:
- What makes something a work of art?
- Are aesthetic judgments objective, or are they simply a matter of personal preference?
- What is the relation (if any) between art and morality?
- Is aesthetic appreciation a purely sensory affair, or is it a kind of intellectual achievement?
- What makes an artwork good or bad, mediocre or a masterpiece?
- How important is tradition and technique to the creation of good art?
- Do works of art have multiple meanings, a single meaning, or no meaning at all?