November 2018 Luncheon Program

  • 11/09/2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


  • No meal collection, attendee will pay the ULC directly
  • Program only, does not include the meal.
  • Speaker and speaker's guest; event administrator, A/V technician

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Scott Schwartz
on John Philip Sousa

Luncheon: Friday, November 9, Union League Club

He was a struggling composer, living on soda crackers in a tiny garret until he was awarded the commission to write the theme song for a new British television program called Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The show started being shown on PBS stations around America and suddenly, John Philip Sousa had stormed onto the public stage.

Well, actually that’s the sort of story that an unprepared sophomore would tell. But we’re not settling for that! Instead we’re going to the authoritative source as Scott Schwartz, archivist for Music and Fine Arts and director, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

at the University of Illinois joins us to tell the fascinating tale of the March King.

An accomplished and entertaining speaker, Schwartz will share stories about Sousa’s remarkable career and even reveal the sport the famed composer loved so much that he recruited musicians who could double as athletic players.

March down to the Union League Club to learn the story of the composer who wrote the great American soundtrack to the 4th of July fireworks!

It’s so easy to make your reservation. Why not do it right now?  

November 9th luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Buffet opens at 11:30 am; program 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $35. Program free but please let us know you’re coming. Reservations or cancellations for lunch by noon Wednesday the week of the luncheon. Reserve at, call 312-255-3710, or e-mail .


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710