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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.
Ann Hornaday on How To Watch Movies

Ever wish you could watch a movie with a critic beside you in order to sharpen your own film-viewing savvy? Ann Hornaday, chief film critic for the Washington Post, offers the next best thing: She walks you through the production of a typical movie and explains how to evaluate each piece of the process. (Popcorn not included.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.