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Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Cellist Yvonne Caruthers and Shanghai-born composer Du Yun provide an introduction to the styles and traditions of Chinese music, enhanced by their performances of pieces both classic and contemporary.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Writer-director Frank Galati’s adaptation of Steinbeck’s Depression-era epic, created for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 1988, has become a theatrical staple. Galati and Lois Smith, who created the role of Ma Joad, are among the panelists who explore why the novel’s themes and characters offer such rich material for the stage.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

In this seminar, scholar and performer Kenneth Slowik takes a close look at a number of Haydn sonatas and trios and the instruments for which they were written, assisted by violinist Ian Swensen and cellist Elisabeth Reed. Throughout the day, there will be performances on the clavichord, harpsichord, and fortepiano.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Through discussion, demonstration, and performance, Rob Kapilow and his guest musicians take you deeply inside major works by some of the greatest composers to help you hear where they came from, what makes them tick, and what makes them great.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Join choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning as she traces the development of ballet forms and styles through performance clips of landmark works and legendary artists. Then, step into an interactive working rehearsal with dancers and musicians to get a close-up look at—and perhaps take part in—the making of a contemporary ballet.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The human voice communicates, comforts, inspires, and exalts. Singers and music educators Karin Paludan and Doug Bowles use live performances and clips in as they lead a technical and artistic exploration of the voice in all its glory.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In evening enlivened by clips and rare recordings, Mark Horowitz, a senior music specialist at the Library of Congress and leading authority on Stephen Sondheim, provides insights into how the composer transformed the sound and the spirit of musical theater.