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Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s personal and musical life was inextricably bound up in the city of Vienna. Musicologist Daniel Freeman traces the creative interplay of artist and place.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Singers Tricia Lepofsky and Alizon Reggioli serve up a fresh taste of Broadway as they tell a tale of reunited friends through standards including "Big Spender," "Matchmaker,” “I Feel Pretty,” and "You Could Drive a Person Crazy.” Cheers!

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Mimi, Tosca, Turandot, Butterfly, and Manon: Their music touches your soul and their stories break your heart. Opera expert Fred Plotkin explores Puccini’s gallery of unforgettable heroines, and singers from Washington National Opera perform.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Operetta, that seductive little sister of grand opera, has always been much more than risqué couplets, flowing champagne, and romantic intrigues. Popular Smithsonian Associates music lecturer Saul Lilienstein traces the history of a genre that mixes gorgeous music, enduring melodies, comedy, romantic yearnings, and satire in an irresistible theatrical package.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Hometown boy Henry Rollins recalls his role in the influential hardcore punk scene of 1980s Washington and the trailblazing artists it spawned.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Robert Wyatt celebrates the team whose work redefined the structure, spirit, and sound of the American musical.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Whose voice dominates the world of opera: the composer, librettist, director, conductor, singer, designer, or manager? Saul Lilienstein traces the shifts from one center of artistic power to the next as he covers five centuries of evolution in this most sublime of arts.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

It was a year that gave us classics including Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and so many movies we love. Learn why 1939 marked the pinnacle of the studio system, and how its films defined a unique cultural moment in America.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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

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.

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.

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