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Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:45 PM

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 two of a six-session course.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Build up some buzz for awards night by joining film writer Noah Gittell for an evening that focuses on all things Oscar. The movie-inspired fun includes history and trivia, film clips, a predictions contest, and a chance to join some screen legends (the Madame Tussauds versions, that is) for photos on the red carpet.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:45 PM

When Billie Holiday stepped in front of a microphone, audiences heard more than a one-of-a-kind voice: She revealed a life, in all its pain and triumph. Jazz expert John Edward Hasse follows Holiday’s extraordinary journey from abused Baltimore girl to troubled but brilliant singer. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

If any work of art deserves to be called epic—in its conception, creation, and influence—it’s the quartet of operas that make up the Ring. As prelude to the 2016 Ring cycle presented by Washington National Opera, Fred Plotkin explores the works in a day highlighted by glorious musical and film recordings.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

In a lively musical presentation, period banjo specialist George Wunderlich traces the instrument’s roots in West Africa and the Caribbean, its introduction in America, and its flowering in the 19th century as the instrument crossed from black to white hands and from fields to stages.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:45 PM

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 three of a six-session course.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:45 PM

American music specialist Robert Wyatt takes you through the extraordinary life and  musical achievements of legendary songwriter Irving Berlin.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM

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 four of a six-session course.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Masterworks by Sondheim get the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow in the new season. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

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 five of a six-session course.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

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 six of a six-session course.

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