Melanie Bookout Lectures at Glessner House Museum

Melanie Bookout, associate professor of music, was invited to give a lecture on Frances Macbeth Glessner, a well-known patron of the arts in Chicago, at the Glessner House Museum on April 28, 2016.

The lecture examined Glessner’s musical life and activities as a patron of the Chicago Orchestra (later Chicago Symphony Orchestra) during the years leading up to the World’s Columbian Exposition and culminating in her presentation of a paper on Mozart for The Fortnightly, Chicago’s first woman’s literary club, in 1893.

Glessner’s extensive circle of musical acquaintance and friendships with major American music figures such as Theodore Thomas and her involvement with the young, vibrant music and cultural scene in Chicago’s Gilded Age offer fascinating glimpses of the intersections between professional and amateur music-making in the late 19th century.

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