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Masters and Masterpieces of the 18th and 19th Centuries

Against a backdrop of a rapidly changing world, the 18th and 19th centuries brought forth a profusion of styles in art and architecture in Europe and America. Art historian Karin Alexis offers a cultural context for its creators as she traces the path from Rococo exuberance to a bold new realism. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date of event
Tuesday, April 7 to May 5, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (no class April 14)

Islamic Art and Architecture: Empires, Spirituality, and Luxury Trade

Art historian Lawrence Butler highlights examples of historic Islamic art and architecture from the 7th century through the early-modern period that embody its defining spirituality, luxury, and princely themes. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date of event
Friday, May 1, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 2, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Smithsonian Chorus: Celebrating the Songs of Stage and Screen

Join fellow fans of the Great American Songbook in a lively adult choral program that spotlights some of the most enduring music of Broadway and Hollywood—and concludes with a performance.

Date of event
Rehearsals: Tuesday, May 5 to June 9, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Concert: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 7 p.m.

The Art of India: From the Indus Valley to Independence

From its origins in the ancient civilization to the present, the complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable art. Art historian Robert DeCaroli highlights the artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date of event
Tuesday, May 12 to June 2, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on the Taj Mahal.

Date of event
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on Samarkand.

Date of event
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on the Mogao Grottos.

Date of event
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

African Art Through the Centuries

From the vibrant paintings found in Stone Age caves to works of contemporary creators, the arts of Africa have been shaped by unique creative insight as well as by specific political, social, religious, and economic forces. Art historian Kevin Tervala explores these vibrant artistic expressions through an examination of the continent’s historical trajectory. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date of event
Friday, June 26, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia

In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on the Potala Palace.

Date of event
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music

Whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, Puccini, or Bach, opuses of almost every famous composer have added emotional depth to hundreds of films ever since talkies emerged. In a 4-session series, concert pianist and movie fanatic Rachel Franklin delves into the magic of some of the greatest film music ever composed (even when it was unintentional). This session discusses iconic classical music moments in film history.

Date of event
Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music

Whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, Puccini, or Bach, opuses of almost every famous composer have added emotional depth to hundreds of films ever since talkies emerged. In a 4-session series, concert pianist and movie fanatic Rachel Franklin delves into the magic of some of the greatest film music ever composed (even when it was unintentional). This session discusses Beethoven's music in film.

Date of event
Sunday, July 19, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music

Whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, Puccini, or Bach, opuses of almost every famous composer have added emotional depth to hundreds of films ever since talkies emerged. In a 4-session series, concert pianist and movie fanatic Rachel Franklin delves into the magic of some of the greatest film music ever composed (even when it was unintentional). This session discusses 20th-century composers and film.

Date of event
Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music

Whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, Puccini, or Bach, opuses of almost every famous composer have added emotional depth to hundreds of films ever since talkies emerged. In a 4-session series, concert pianist and movie fanatic Rachel Franklin delves into the magic of some of the greatest film music ever composed (even when it was unintentional). This session discusses varied use of concert masterpieces in film genres.

Date of event
Sunday, August 2, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

John Eaton Celebrates His Favorite Songwriters

Pianist, vocalist, and humorist extraordinaire John Eaton pays tribute to three of his favorite great American composers—Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Rodgers, and Harold Arlen—and the music of 1964. Eaton closes the program with a special concert of his own and your favorites.

Date of event
Wednesday, September 9 to 30, 2020 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Igor Stravinsky: The Masterworks

Opera and classical music expert Saul Lilienstein surveys Stravinsky’s major accomplishments, from his early ground-breaking music for the Ballets Russes, through the neoclassical masterworks that culminated with The Rake’s Progress, to the far-reaching modernism of his later years.

Date of event
Tuesday, October 6 to November 17, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 3)

Neighborhoods of Rome, Vienna, and Madrid

A stone’s throw from tourist-magnet landmarks are the places that offer travelers a true taste of life in Europe’s most appealing neighborhoods. Fred Plotkin offers a guide to the lesser-known churches, theaters, specialty shops, cafes, and unusual museums that make three major cities well worth a visit.  This session focuses on Rome.

Date of event
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

The Art of India: From the Indus Valley to Independence

From its origins in the ancient civilization to the present, the complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable art. Art historian Robert DeCaroli highlights the artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date of event
Monday, November 16 to December 7, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.