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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 understanding for modern audiences.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Robert Wyatt, a specialist in American music, leads a lively look at the rich decade in which studios, stars, and memorable musicals generated patriotism and nostalgia in wartime audiences.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Musicologist and pianist Daniel Freeman traces Chopin’s life and major works, interweaving musical analysis with visual materials, music recordings, and live piano performance.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM

We love them, yeah, yeah, yeah! Saul Lilienstein takes a joyful and serious look at the Beatles’ music, its roots and influences, and its relationship to the period of social change that provided a backdrop to their years at the top of the charts.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Loren Schoenberg of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem draws on material from the Smithsonian’s Duke Ellington Collection to present an overview of the musical master’s richly varied career. Later, Schoenberg picks up his sax to join the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Trio in a performance of some of Ellington’s best-loved works.