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A DC Theatre Season Preview

With more than 80 professional theaters in the area, how can you tell which companies, directors, and performers should be on your radar for next season? Lorraine Treanor, editor of DC Theatre Scene website, offers plenty of tips and picks to help you fill your theatre-going calendar.

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian Rock ’n’ Roll Chorus
10-Session Evening Course

Is the soundtrack to your life filled with the music of the Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys, and other classic groups? Bring those songs alive again with music director and conductor Cheryl Branham.

Tuesday, September 5 to November 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Luciano Pavarotti: King of the High C’s

Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti (1935–2007) was a global superstar who expanded the musical genre’s audience to include millions of people who had never set foot in an opera house. On the tenth anniversary of Pavarotti’s death, opera expert Fred Plotkin provides an intimate portrait of the great Italian tenor.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Jazz Age: Rhythms of History

The term Jazz Age conjures colorful images of a flamboyant anything-goes culture that characterized the 1920s. Little wonder that jazz music, with its improvisation syncopation, and strong rhythm was the era’s soundtrack.  Learn about the origins, nature, and legacy of the 1920s—underscored by period jazz recordings, of course—with historian and scholar Michele L. Simms-Burton.

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sing Out: The Smithsonian Chorale
12-Session Daytime Course

Spend Thursday mornings in song and in good company with the Smithsonian Chorale. Singers meet for weekly rehearsals under the direction of conductor Cheryl Branham, culminating into a concert performance.

Thursday, September 14 to December 7, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 23)
Fred Astaire: Dancing with Genius

Film scholar and writer Christine Bamberger uses film clip montages, rare photographs, and original recordings to create a fuller portrait of the immortal Fred Astaire, challenging clichés that have grown up around him and exploring his work as an actor and vocalist, as well as a man who revolutionized dance on film.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.