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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Rossini, Chopin, Verdi, Offenbach, Wagner, and Sibelius are among the composers for whom Paris was more than a destination: It was a city where careers and creativity blossomed. Lecturer Saul Lilienstein surveys the wide range of musical artists who responded to its call. This session focuses on Rossini and Donizetti. Part of a 8-Session Daytime Course.

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Banish the chill of the season by basking in a day of Shakespearean magic at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The distinctive Greco-Deco building holds plenty of treasures, and special tours and behind-the-scenes sessions spotlight many of them. A matinee of A Midsummer Night’s Dream captures you in its spell.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Rossini, Chopin, Verdi, Offenbach, Wagner, and Sibelius are among the composers for whom Paris was more than a destination: It was a city where careers and creativity blossomed. Lecturer Saul Lilienstein surveys the wide range of musical artists who responded to its call. This session focuses on Frederic Chopin. Part of a 8-Session Daytime Course.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM

A masterwork by Hadyn gets the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Rossini, Chopin, Verdi, Offenbach, Wagner, and Sibelius are among the composers for whom Paris was more than a destination: It was a city where careers and creativity blossomed. Lecturer Saul Lilienstein surveys the wide range of musical artists who responded to its call. This session focuses on Meyerbeer and Offenbach. Part of a 8-Session Daytime Course.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Banish the chill of the season by basking in a day of Shakespearean magic at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The distinctive Greco-Deco building holds plenty of treasures, and special tours and behind-the-scenes sessions spotlight many of them. A matinee of A Midsummer Night’s Dream captures you in its spell.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Rossini, Chopin, Verdi, Offenbach, Wagner, and Sibelius are among the composers for whom Paris was more than a destination: It was a city where careers and creativity blossomed. Lecturer Saul Lilienstein surveys the wide range of musical artists who responded to its call. This session focuses on Richard Wagner. Part of a 8-Session Daytime Course.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Rossini, Chopin, Verdi, Offenbach, Wagner, and Sibelius are among the composers for whom Paris was more than a destination: It was a city where careers and creativity blossomed. Lecturer Saul Lilienstein surveys the wide range of musical artists who responded to its call. This session focuses on Giuseppe Verdi. Part of a 8-Session Daytime Course.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Washington National Opera’s director Francesca Zambello, music director Philippe Auguin, and designers and leading singers join opera expert Fred Plotkin for a day-long exploration of how the company will tackle the musical, dramatic, and technical challenges of bringing Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen to the Kennedy Center this season.

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Music by Cole Porter gets the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Rossini, Chopin, Verdi, Offenbach, Wagner, and Sibelius are among the composers for whom Paris was more than a destination: It was a city where careers and creativity blossomed. Lecturer Saul Lilienstein surveys the wide range of musical artists who responded to its call. This session focuses on various Russian composers. Part of a 8-Session Daytime Course.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Rossini, Chopin, Verdi, Offenbach, Wagner, and Sibelius are among the composers for whom Paris was more than a destination: It was a city where careers and creativity blossomed. Lecturer Saul Lilienstein surveys the wide range of musical artists who responded to its call. This session focuses on Claude Debussy and more. Part of a 8-Session Daytime Course.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 6:45 PM

The country shook off the Depression blues—at least for an hour or two—thanks to Fred, Ginger, Judy, and hundreds and hundreds of tap-happy chorus girls. American music specialist Robert Wyatt kicks off a new series with a joyful look at the movies that sang, danced, and beguiled us when we needed it most.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:00 PM

A masterwork by Beethoven gets the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM

In the final five years of his short life, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart produced an amazing series of masterworks. In lectures highlighted by CD and DVD recordings, Saul Lilienstein explores the composer’s achievements during that time as a fitting coda to a brilliant life lived for music.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Is soundtrack to your life filled with the music of the Beatles, Beach Boys, and other classic rock groups? Bring those songs alive again as Paul Edson leads this ensemble. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Spend Thursdays in song and in good company as singers meet for weekly rehearsals under the direction of conductor Paul Edson. The sessions culminate in a concert performance.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Pianist, musicologist, and humorist John Eaton returns in this perennially popular series to pay tribute to four of the most influential and fascinating composers of American song: Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington. The sessions feature a live musical performance.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM

It’s a grand night for singing when artistic director Scott Tucker and singers from the Choral Arts Society of Washington examine and celebrate the enduring music of Broadway’s legendary team.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Though his works have endured for 400 years, tastes and values change and not all of Shakespeare is easy to like. Tobias Gregory of The Catholic University of America examines five plays that pose questions of sympathy for modern audiences.

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