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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.

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

The show that proved that being a puppet is no barrier to being a Broadway star marks the end of its more than 6,000 New York performances in May. Before the final curtain falls, join two of Avenue Q’s non-puppet original cast members, Rick Lyon and Jennifer Barnhart for some behind-the-scenes insights on the development, history, and impact of the Tony-winning musical, and its groundbreaking use of puppetry on stage.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:00 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.

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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.

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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.

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

Jewish comedy is serious business. It can be traced back to biblical times—and to a people who used humor to deal with an uncaring universe. Jeremy Dauber traces the genre’s origins and evolution and shows how it has mirrored, and sometimes even shaped, the course of Jewish history.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

What was it like to be in a London theater when Shakespeare’s plays were the latest hits? A visit to one of the Blue Ridge’s most charming towns—and the site of a unique reproduction of the Bard’s Blackfriars Playhouse—offers a chance to journey into theatrical history.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II forged much more than a songwriting partnership; they created one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era. Todd Purdum, culture and politics writer for The Atlantic, examines how the innovative musicals of these cultural powerhouses came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To mark the anniversary of the landmark HBO series, Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz, television critics of New Jersey’s Star-Ledger—Tony Soprano’s hometown newspaper—discuss the show’s artistry, themes, and legacy, as well as its deep connections to other film and TV classics.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.