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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Pauline Frommer, founding editor of, leads a journey through the island republic’s beauties, customs, and traditions. Music and food add to the cultural portrait.

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.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

After more than 34 years of extensive touring and recording, the Emerson String Quartet continues to perform with the same benchmark intensity, integrity, energy, and commitment that it has demonstrated since it was formed in 1976. This performance features music by Shostakovich and Schubert. This is part of a five-concert series.

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society celebrates its 37th season with musical masterpieces from the late-16th to mid-20th century, played on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. This performance features music by Ferrabosco I, Mico, and Purcell. This is a six-concert series.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Under the artistic direction of Charlie Young, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s (SJMO) artists bring the legacy of jazz to life, spotlighting the sounds of the greatest composers and performers of the past and present. This performance celebrates the legacy of Mamie Smith and Bessie Smith. This is part of a four-concert series.

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