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The Delights of Costa Rica

Raise Your Voice: The Smithsonian Encore Chorale for Older Adults
15 Evening Rehearsals Plus Performance

Spend Wednesday evenings in song and in good company. Under conductor Jeffrey Dokken, the Encore Chorale for singers 55 and older begins a series of 15 weekly rehearsals leading to a performance.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.
The Musical Flowering of Budapest and Prague
8-Session Daytime Course

Saul Lilienstein brings to life the rich musical worlds of Budapest and Prague, where composers like Mozart and Brahms, Liszt and Dvorak, and major 20th-century masters found inspiration in “the conservatory of Europe.”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:00 P.M.
The World’s Greatest Opera Houses: Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Opera expert Fred Plotkin takes you behind the curtains at the fabled houses of Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, and New York, evoking the glamour and fascination that surround them, the cities that built them, and the legendary artists who performed on their stages. This is session one of a six-session course.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.
Fiery Forces: Volcanoes on Earth and Beyond

Smithsonian volcanologist Rick Wunderman and geologist Jim Zimbelman survey the science behind the awesome and devastating power of volcanoes—both on our own planet and in extraterrestrial forms.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.
Bootleggers, Bathtubs, and Speakeasies: Tales From Prohibition

Get a taste of the 1920s as you sip some iconic period cocktails (Orange Blossom, anyone?) and hear from two of the co-founders of the Museum of the American Cocktail how determined drinkers thumbed their noses at the killjoys who tried to turn America dry.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.
Creating the Visual World of Game of Thrones

Production designer Deborah Riley is responsible for creating the stunning settings against which HBO’s saga of power, family, revenge and romance plays out. Learn how she and a small army of craftsmen give the series its distinctive visual style.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.