About Performing Arts
Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy

Saul Lilienstein examines Brahms’ enduring influence and the breadth of his extraordinary output—from symphonies, concertos, and overtures to chamber music, songs, and choral music—in a 6-session series of programs highlighted by musical and DVD recordings. This session focuses on Brahms' concertos.

Date
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Opera: Inside the Music—An Unintimidating Guide to the Art

Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop and pianist Ken Weiss examine the building blocks of opera in a fascinating day equally suited to those who want an introduction to the art and to fans looking to deepen their understanding of the form’s nuts and bolts. Performances by singers from the Potomac Vocal Institute enhance this exploration of opera’s musical and theatrical foundations.

Date
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy

Saul Lilienstein examines Brahms’ enduring influence and the breadth of his extraordinary output—from symphonies, concertos, and overtures to chamber music, songs, and choral music—in a 6-session series of programs highlighted by musical and DVD recordings. This session focuses on Brahms' symphonic music.

Date
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow

Congenial music educator and commentator Rob Kapilow is back for another delightful season, opening peoples’ ears—and minds—to what it is that makes a piece of music a masterpiece. Tonight's performance features Tchaikovsky.

Date
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy

Saul Lilienstein examines Brahms’ enduring influence and the breadth of his extraordinary output—from symphonies, concertos, and overtures to chamber music, songs, and choral music—in a 6-session series of programs highlighted by musical and DVD recordings. This session focuses on Brahms' additional symphonic music.

Date
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
How Do We Listen?: Conversations in Music with Aaron Diehl and Murray Horwitz

Virtuoso jazz pianist and composer Aaron Diehl teams with Tony Award-winning playwright and lyricist Murray Horwitz for three entertaining and enlightening excursions into the building blocks of music. Tonight's program focuses on harmony.

Date
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Great Russian Operas: Glinka to Prokofiev
6-Session Daytime Course

Beginning in the 1830s, a century of unforgettable operatic masterpieces were created that helped to define a Russian musical identity distinct from predominant European styles. Learn about the composers–from Glinka to Prokofiev–who left us a thrilling musical repertoire.

Date
Tuesday, April 17 to May 22, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
John Eaton: From Broadway to Hollywood
4-Session Daytime Course

Acclaimed pianist, musicologist, and humorist John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations, and performs selections from some of America’s legendary composers of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, in this engaging and entertaining series. And, of course, he always takes requests!

Date
Wednesday, April 18 to May 9, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow

Congenial music educator and commentator Rob Kapilow is back for another delightful season, opening peoples’ ears—and minds—to what it is that makes a piece of music a masterpiece. Tonight's performance features the Bernstein Songbook.

Date
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Romani Influence on European Music

In the distinctive musical language of the Romani people—developed from centuries of global influences—European composers found rich and passionate inspirations for their own works. Musical scholar Saul Lilienstein surveys its impact on classical works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and others, as well as its echoes in flamenco and French jazz.

Date
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House music.

Date
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.