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From the Podium: The Conductor's Perspective

A. Scott Wood, music director and conductor of the Arlington Philharmonic and the Amadeus Orchestra, offers a firsthand guide to what a conductor does from the first viewing of the score until the final performance’s bows. Participants also have the opportunity to sit in on an Arlington Philharmonic rehearsal a few days after the program.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
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.
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.