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Despite decades in the spotlight, Bob Dylan remains a beloved enigma. Drawing on his new book, Bob Dylan’s Poetics, Timothy Hampton, explores the interplay of music and lyrics as a key to understanding the heart of Dylan’s artistry—and perhaps, the man.

Event date Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

If you love rock and roll, and want to sing some of the greatest hits of all time, join the Boomers Rock ’n’ Roll Chorus, a program geared for people ages 55 and above who love to sing—and there’s no experience required.

Event date Rehearsals: Tuesday, April 9 to May 28, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Performance: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and of course, food. On this two-day visit, arts journalist and former Brooklynite Richard Selden introduces you to several of the borough’s top attractions.

Event date Depart: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 9:30 p.m.

No composer changed the aesthetic landscape of the 19th century as thoroughly as did the influential and controversial Richard Wagner (1813–1883). Popular Smithsonian music lecturer Saul Lilienstein illuminates aspects of Wagner’s life, works, influence, and achievements.

Event date Tuesday, April 16 to May 21, 2019 ā€“ 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Few of the great composers were so profoundly affected by a city as was Mozart by Vienna, a preeminent center of cultural life in Europe of the late 18th century. Musicologist and pianist Daniel Freeman looks at the relationship between the glorious city and the composer, highlighting some of his greatest masterpieces created during his residence there.

Event date Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Brooklyn offers plenty of delights for lovers of art, music, nature, and of course, food. On this two-day visit, arts journalist and former Brooklynite Richard Selden introduces you to several of the borough’s top attractions.

Event date Depart: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 9:30 p.m.

The pianist, vocalist, and humorist extraordinaire pays tribute to the composers whose work defines the Great American Songbook.

Event date Wednesday, May 1 to 22, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

From their first performance of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 to “Let It Be” on their final album in 1970, the songs of the Beatles defined and shaped an explosive era in musical and cultural history. Join musical raconteur Robert Wyatt on a “magical mystery tour” of the life and works of the group whose influence still echoes in pop music—and our lives.

Event date Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.