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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.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Musicologist Daniel Freeman traces Vivaldi’s life in the city of his birth, illuminating sites that were important in the composer’s personal life and that helped inspire much of his music.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM

If you like a Gershwin tune—and ones by Harry Warren, Hoagy Carmichael, and Richard Rodgers—join pianist and performer John Eaton to explore their lives and enduring works.

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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM

You know the thundering rhythms and ominous vocal chorus of “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana even if you don’t know its name: It’s a soundtrack staple for action-movie trailers and commercials. But there’s far more to the music and the history of the perennially performed cantata, and Scott Tucker, artistic director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, is ready to tell the story.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The smooth and smart Rodgers and Hart filled the 1920s and ’30s with songs that sparkled with wit, sophistication, and an engaging sense of joie de vivre. American music specialist Robert Wyatt recalls the songs and show.

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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