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The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Music specialist Robert Wyatt raises the curtain on a lively evening that examines and celebrates Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mix of showmanship and superb craft, filled with clips and recordings that cover the full range of his career from his earliest hits to his most recent works.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Mozart’s Requiem: Grief Transformed

After more than three centuries, stories and mysteries still cling to Mozart’s final, unfinished composition, his Requiem Mass in D Minor. Scott Tucker, artistic director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, explores the musical structure, text, various completed versions, and cultural history of this beloved work. Musical examples are provided by recordings and a performance by members of the Choral Arts Chorus.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great?

Masterworks by Harold Arlen, Britten, Dvorak, and Schubert get the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow in the new season. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts. This performance features a masterwork by Schubert.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Gustav Mahler: The Symphonies, the Songs, the Life
6-Session Daytime Course

The music-loving public has embraced Mahler as the most important symphonic voice of fin-de-siecle Vienna. Popular Smithsonian music lecturer Saul Lilienstein takes an in-depth look at this seminal figure of the modern age and his music. Sessions are highlighted by music and DVD recordings.

Tuesday, April 18 to May 23, 2017, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Maurice Ravel in 1920s Paris

He readily comes to mind as the composer of the great orchestral work, Bolero, but Maurice Ravel was one of the great mainstays of musical life in Paris of the 1920s. His work celebrated the greatness of France’s musical past as he also drew on modern techniques of musical composition.  Explore his musical genius and virtuosity in a lively daylong program highlighted by recordings and live piano performances.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Jerome Kern: Godfather of American Musical Theater

Drawing on personal correspondence, film clips, and recordings of masterworks, American music specialist and pianist Robert Wyatt guides you through highlights in the life of Jerome Kern, the genius who set the cornerstone of American musical theater.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Roman Holiday: A Cinematic Introduction to the City’s Architecture

In an offbeat and entertaining overview of the Eternal City, follow the cinematic adventures of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in clips from the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday. A scholar provides the architectural commentary on the locations. Hepburn and Peck provide the dazzle. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.